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North Clackamas Parks & Recreation plans fundraiser for Sept. 7 at Sara Hite Rose Garden

The Friends of the Milwaukie Center and North Clackamas Parks & Recreation District saw a funding gap in the center's Meals on Wheels program and decided to fill it with beer, wine and artisan food.

Clackamas County On Tap & Uncorked, a premier craft beer and wine festival, will take place from 1-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Sara Hite Memorial Rose Garden in Milwaukie.

"Our Meals on Wheels program is the largest independent program in the state. We cook all of our meals in-house, which allows us to have control over quality and nutrition," said Junia Stephens, the director of development for Friends of the Milwaukie Center.

"We serve over 200 meals to seniors each day — 65,000 meals per year. The government subsidy for these meals is $3 each, and the cost is $7," she said noting that the difference is made up through fundraising.

The On Tap event is a major fundraiser for Meals on Wheels, so no senior goes hungry.

The community should support this event because the Milwaukie Center provides "such great programs for the community," Stephens said.

Seniors are taken care of through several Social Services programs, including respite care, early dementia support, the Client Assistance Program, Legal Aid, Tax Aid, many classes to support health and both mental and physical fitness, "and a social atmosphere that makes each and every person that walks through our doors feel like family," she said.

"Personally, I'm looking forward to bringing together the special community of North Clackamas; a small town feeling of camaraderie and support exists here while skirting a big city."

COURTESY PHOTO - Crowds gathered in the Sara Hite Rose Garden for last year's On Tap & Uncorked fundraiser for Meals on Wheels.On Tap & Uncorked will feature seven distilleries, six breweries, five vineyards, five food carts and a kombucha vendor. Four bands will provide live music during the event.

The Friends of the Milwaukie Center also will have a raffle with a grand prize of a weekend getaway at Chinook Winds, along with baskets from vendors of beer, wine and spirits and baskets from Bob's Red Mill, New Seasons Market and Dave's Killer Bread.

"We are also introducing an assortment of branded swag this year, including corkscrews, insulated wine mugs, leather flasks, shot glasses and baseball hats," Stephens said.

Radio Cab will offer a $10 discount both to and from the festival to promote responsible drinking, and a concierge booth will be present to assist with rides when needed.

Stephens added, "We're hoping that the efforts of all of our wonderful Milwaukie Center volunteers and the amped up outreach this year will produce a successful event that allows our community to spend a sunny day together and support a noble cause."

Eat, drink and be merry

What: The Friends of the Milwaukie Center and North Clackamas Parks & Recreation District present Clackamas County On Tap & Uncorked

When: 1-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7

Where: Sara Hite Memorial Rose Garden, adjacent to North Clackamas Park, 5440 S.E. Kellogg Creek Drive, Milwaukie

Cost: Early-bird tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at clackontap.com; day of the event, $20 at door. Designated drivers receive discounted entry to the event.

Vendors: Spirits: Townshend Distillery, Wild Roots Distillery, Trail Distillery, Vivacity Fine Spirits, Vinn Distillery, 503 Distilling and Westward Whiskey.

Breweries: MadCow Brewing, Bent Shovel, Shattered Oak, Stickmen, Double Mountain and Breakside.

Wineries: Forest Edge Vineyard, Catman Cellars, Cooper's Hall Vineyard, Hip Chicks Do Wine and Wandering Duck Winery.

Sacred Summit Kombucha also will be on site.

Food: People's Choice Food Cart, Adelina's Mexican Food Truck, The Coop Food Truck, Nothing Bundt Cakes and Meals On Wheels Snack Booth.

Music lineup: My Happy Pill, Stumptown Swing, Davi and the PSA, and Whiskey Deaf Duo.


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