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Wood Village offers scholarship; AMR lifeguards return to Glenn Otto Park on May 29.

PMG FILE PHOTO - The Troutdale Arts Fesival is back later this month after being canceled throughout COVID. Troutdale Arts Festival returns this month

Different date, same amazing free event in Troutdale that celebrates all things art and music.

The 2022 Troutdale Arts Festival is a two day event that will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 21, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 22, at Glenn Otto Park, 1106 E. Historic Columbia River Highway. The festival was formerly called the Fall Festival of the Arts, but was rescheduled from September 2021 after a flare of COVID cases.

This year there will be nearly 70 juried artists, authors, vendors and musicians. There is also lots of art that will be available for sale.

"The jury was very impressed with the level of artist talent we see this year," said Ellen Green, lead juror and committee member.

There will be food, beer and wine, music, kids activities, and a silent auction raising funds for festival producer Cascadia Arts Association.

If you are interested in volunteering, visit troutdaleartsfestival.org

Wood Village offers Opportunity Scholarship

A scholarship is available to any Wood Village student to help fund and assist them in achieving their dreams.

The Opportunity Scholarship is available to high school graduates or GED recipients who live in Wood Village and plan to continue their education at an accredited university, college or trade school this fall.

Applications are available online at WoodVillageOR.gov or in person at City Hall, 24200 N.E. Halsey St. The deadline is June 30.

Wood Village seeks parks grant

Wood Village is applying for a grant to upgrade and enhance the north side of Donald Robertson Park.

The city is vying for a Community Development Block Grant to fund picnic and sports facilities — two focuses overwhelmingly requested by residents.

The proposal is to upgrade existing picnic tables, add Americans with Disabilities Act accessible tables, and a section of picnic tables that support multi-family gatherings. The improvements would also include barbecue grills and new garbage cans.

For sports the northern baseball backstop would be upgraded, including new bleachers. The south backstop would be removed for filed activities more appropriate for that section of the park.

Lifeguards back to Glenn Otto on May 29

At the end of this month lifeguards will return to duty along the Sandy River at Glenn Otto Park.

American Medical Response River Safety Program will have two lifeguards serving from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily from Sunday, May 29, through Labor Day. When temperatures or crowds increase, there will be additional lifeguards on duty.

The service helps protect folks swimming along a dangerous stretch of water. With this year's full snowpack, the currents are strong and the river is icy cold, swift and unpredictable. Water levels and currents fluctuate from day to day, and debris is a problem.

AMR recommends wearing life jackets that fit properly. There are 75 free loaners available for daily use at Glenn Otto Park, in all sizes from infant to adult.


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