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AntFarm summer garden camps open

The AntFarm nonprofit organization is producing two two-week sessions of a class that will vary from how to manage a large garden organically to harvesting crops to cooking fresh produce and finish with the operation of a farmers market in Sandy.

These classes are open to ages 12-21, and work-study arrangements may be available.

The 48-hour sessions are offered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. The cost is $50 per session.

Session one begins July 8 and the first week ends July 11. The second week is July 15-18.

Session two begins July 22, with the first week ending July 25. The second week is July 29-Aug. 2.

For more information or to register, call 503-668-9955 or visit the website antfarm-international.com.

Softball team named parade grand marshal

The Sandy High School girls varsity softball team has been named Grand Marshal for the Sandy Mountain Festival Parade, to be held 11 a.m. Thursday, July 11.

The team and coach report they are honored and excited to head the parade. Given the parade’s theme, “Hometown USA,” the team feels it is appropriate that it was selected.

Big fireworks show is tomorrow night

Beginning at dusk (about 10 p.m.), Thursday, July 4, the annual fireworks show will begin.

The show is sponsored by Clackamas County Bank and the city of Sandy, and will be coming from an open field near Sandy Cinema.

The fireworks show is a production of Western Fireworks Display of Canby and includes a multitude of colors, said Julie Snell, executive vice president of CCB.

Clackamas County Bank, the oldest community bank in Oregon, has been sponsoring the local fireworks show since 2007, Snell said.

For more information, call 503-668-5501.

AntFarm asks help with deposit cans

The can and bottle deposit trailer that has been parked near Proctor Boulevard and Smith Avenue has been moved, said Kim Wheeler, speaking for its beneficiary, AntFarm.

The repository for donated bottles and cans with collectable deposits is now at AntFarm’s new Outdoors Program facility, 38600 Proctor Blvd., near Scales Avenue.

Wheeler said the deposit program has been a significant factor in the fact that nonprofit AntFarm has continued to serve youths in the Sandy, Boring and mountain village areas for the past three years.

At the AntFarm booth in Sandy’s Saturday Market, which is held the first and third Saturdays of each month, AntFarm volunteers and youths will provide information and bags to collect and carry bottles and cans.

For information, call 503-622-3548.

Seats filling on Scotland tour

Several seats on a tour of Scotland are still available. Residents of Boring, Sandy and the mountain villages are joining a group tour created by local resident Lisa Foster of LT Travel at the request of members of the Boring Community Planning Organization.

The tour is Oct. 6-14, and the price of $3,480 for a nearly-all-expense tour is based on a group of 20 and double occupancy.

For more information, call Foster at 503-668-7019.