Help Clackamas County Sheriff's deputies raise funds for men's health awareness

College student craft sale coming up

Clackamas Community College's Student Life and Leadership is holding a craft sale, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Nov. 28 and 29, in the Community Center on the Oregon City campus, 19600 Molalla Ave.

Come to this free, public event and support CCC student clubs and local vendors by purchasing handmade craftworks. Student Life and Leadership encourages attendees to bring donations for the Cougar Cave, CCC's food pantry.

Suggested donations include fruit cups/applesauce, granola bars, canned meats, peanut butter, ramen noodles, refried beans, can openers and microwaveable bowls. Toiletries are also needed.

Deputies raising awareness with beards

November is Men's Health Awareness Month. People across the country are once again recognizing this important effort by growing out their facial hair, as part of the "No Shave November" campaign. The Sheriff's Office is once again joining the fight. And this year, it's also a contest. Normally, CCSO grooming standards don't allow deputies to wear beards.

If you've seen our deputies out in the community this month, you may have noticed that's changed. As part of a coordinated effort to raise awareness about men's health issues — including the kinds of cancer that only affect men — Sheriff Craig Roberts has once again decided to temporarily relax CCSO's grooming standards in order to allow uniformed members of the Sheriff's Office to participate.

In an Oct. 30 email to deputies, Undersheriff Ellington laid out the contest parameters: "There will be a friendly competition this year, and the teams are as follows: If you are a part of Patrol (including contract cities), Investigations, Admin, IT or Records you are on one team. If you are a part of the Jail, Community Corrections, or Civil you are on another team. The winning side will not only gain bragging rights, but will also be rewarded for their achievement by being allowed to keep their facial hair until through December 31, 2017." During November, participants are encouraged to donate money they'd usually spend on shaving to educate people about cancer prevention, save lives, and aid those fighting the battle. Participants are also encouraged to get a cancer screening during the month of November.

The public can participate by donating to the cause at

Gilbert exhibits art at CCC A self-taught artist, Ben Gilbert uses crayon on cardboard to record his daily life.

Driven by a need to create, Portland-based artist Ben Gilbert compiled a collection of nearly 200 drawings. "Indigo, Olive and Brick Red," is an exhibition of a sampling of his drawings. The exhibition will be on display at Clackamas Community College, Nov. 13 through Dec. 8. A self-taught artist, Gilbert uses crayon on cardboard to record his daily life. His abstract work explores landscapes, figures and ideas.

V The public is invited to an artist reception, Nov. 15, 3:30-4:30 p.m., in CCC's Pauling Gallery to hear Gilbert speak about his work. The Pauling Gallery is located in the Pauling Center on the Oregon City campus, 19600 Molalla Ave. The gallery is open from Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 pm., and admittance is free. For further information, contract Kate Simmons at 503-594-3032 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Celebrate Green Friday in a state park

Oregon State Parks are celebrating "Green Friday" Nov. 24 by waiving day-use fees in 26 Oregon parks. "We started this tradition three years ago to encourage people to go outside," said OPRD director Lisa Sumption. "Why not get some fresh air with your family and create a new holiday tradition?" To help celebrate, the nonprofit Oregon State Parks Foundation is offering free hot drinks and snacks at Tryon Creek State Natural Area, Fort Stevens State Park, Rooster Rock State Park, Silver Falls State Park and Cape Blanco State Park. Refreshments — donated by Starbucks Coffee, Nossa Familia Coffee, Smith Tea, Stevens Cocoa and KIND Bars — will be served by volunteers from the local Friends Groups. Parking is free year-round at almost all state parks; the waiver applies to the 26 parks that charge $5 daily for parking.

The waiver applies from open to close on Nov. 25, except at Shore Acres State Park, where it expires at 3 p.m. for the Holiday Lights event that runs Thanksgiving through New Year's Eve.

A list of parks that require day-use parking permits is at

Daily parking permits can be purchased on site, but one- and two-year passes are also available online at

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