This Week's Community Announcements

Congratulations to Erin Lauraine, for her 15 years of faithfully teaching Taekwondo principles of discipline, balance and respect to her students in Cottage Grove & Creswell. The ATA Martial Arts School, on the corner of 8th & Main, first opened in 1993. She became a student there 22 years ago at the age of 14 and, in 2004, she became its fourth owner. A career change to become a Behavioral Neuroscientist researching autism will require her to relocate to Texas in June. She recently sold the business to another former student, Janon & Thompson Rogers, and invites folks to stop in before April 29 to reconnect with her and to meet the new owners.

• City-designated Tree Debris Drop Off Site is set up behind the Post Office for residents & businesses at the end of N. 12th Street. The site is open from dawn to dusk until May 31. It is only for vegetative debris, which city staff will grind up and make available for gardening and landscaping projects.

 • Bridge Repair Update(M-Th): Delta Construction will repair damaged concrete posts and steel railings on the Silk Creek Bridge and Harrison Avenue Bridge. Traffic lanes will shift, but will not be closed during this work, except for short delays. To get up-to-date information about the projects and the impact on traffic go to and subscribe to the Construction Corner.

• Friends of the Cottage Grove Carousel is nearing completion of the vintage carousel donated to the people of Cottage Grove. For more info on how you can help make this dream a reality, visit or its Facebook page or call Don at 541-942-4752.

Translated Movie now on DVD. If you missed seeing it at the Valley River Cinema, you can purchase it for $14.99 using this website: Translated depicts Apostle Paul supernaturally transported to present day Oregon. Grover Jerry E. Thompson used local actors & places. For info call 541.915.0113.

14th Annual Main Street Hanging Basket Project Begins. Purchase one (or more) hanging flower baskets to honor a person, business or beloved pet and help beautify Main Street between River Road and Gateway Boulevard this summer. Deadline is Friday, May 17. Make check payable to: Main Street Cottage Grove Hanging Basket Project. All donations are tax deductible. Requested donation: $20/basket. Make donation in person at City Hall or mail to 400 E. Main St., Cottage Grove, OR 97424. For more info send email to:

Eldercare in The Grove Conversation Requested Community Leader Alan Baas requests those interested in improving eldercare for their loved ones with dementia to please view a short talk on the topic at & search for presenter Yvonne van Amerongen’s name. After watching please email your thoughts to him:

AARP Free Tax Help (open to all ages), Wednesdays, 10:30 am on first-come basis. Sign up begins at 8 am for limited number of appointments. Call 211 for more info.

Second Annual Friends of the Swinging Bridge Earth Day Rummage Sale needs donations for April 20 event in Coiner Park. To donate call Dane at 541-942-7037.

• Tucker’s Cupboard is a new nonprofit organization that provides some financial assistance to K-9 owners living in the South Lane School District who struggle to adequately care for the dogs. For more info call Lynn at 541-942-9211.

• Soup’s On Weekly Community Meal Project has an immediate need for a volunteer to conduct fundraising & community outreach. Other volunteers are needed to help prepare and serve the Sunday evening free meal. For more info call Soup’s On Kitchen Manager Karen Burrece at 541-501-3647 or