This Week's Community Announcements

• Congratulations to…

▪ Yard of the Week Winner: 1425 W. Harrison Ave. Submit nominations of a single family residence inside the city limits to the Chamber of Commerce (541-942-2411) or City Hall (541-942-5501). In addition to the honor of the Yard of the Week sign in front of their house, winners receive a one-month credit on their water bill from the City, a gift certificate to local businesses from the Chamber and a one-year subscription from the CG Sentinel.

• May is Mental Health Awareness Month: Here are some sobering facts on mental health in America… The economic burden of mental illness in the United States is substantial – treatment accounted for $89 billion of total health spending in 2013 . Mental illness is also associated with chronic medical diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity. The most common mental illnesses in adults are anxiety and mood disorders. According to the World Health Organization, mental illness results in more disability in developed countries than any other group of illnesses, including cancer and heart disease. Other published studies report that about 25% of all U.S. adults have a mental illness and that nearly 50% of U.S. adults will develop at least one mental illness during their lifetime. Depression estimates generally are highest in the Southeastern states (e.g., 13.7% in Mississippi and West Virginia vs. 4.3% in North Dakota).

• Call for vendors & volunteers: Two community events are currently looking for vendors and volunteers

     ▪ Bohemia Mining Days (7/19-21) Email:

     ▪ WOE Family Fair (8/17-19) Email:

• BMD needs donated flat white bed sheets for its planned 7,000 sq ft Kids Zone. The sheets will be brilliantly colored at a Community Tie Dye event on Friday, June 1, from 9 am to 6 pm in Coiner Park. Call Cindy at 541-942-5064 to arrange for delivery or pick up. Additional details available on festival website:

• Partners in History Library Exhibit: Paintings by local artist Robert Drenner (1894-1971) are now on display at the Library courtesy of the Cottage Grove Museum. The wildlife artist, known for his beautiful outdoor landscapes and scenes of birds and other wildlife, also painted beautiful desert scenes and murals, including the colorful murals that graced the walls of the former CG High School Library on Taylor Avenue.

• VFW needs small RV trailer for a new “Coffee Wagon” Looking for a free (or nearly free) one to use at the I-5 Gettings Creek rest area to serve weary travelers and raise money for their programs and projects that support veterans. For details call Jack Gates at 541-968-9055 or 541-521-4190.

• CG Museum offers a wonderful glimpse into “the attic of our community” revealing all kinds of historical treasures. Hours: Saturday & Sunday, 1-4 pm on the corner of H & Birch. Current exhibit: Square Dancing

• Artists Wanted: Opal Center for Arts & Education seeks community members/artists to provide art projects at Summer Lunch Program locations in Cottage Grove. Looking for all types of art/culture…music, dance, painting, fiber, painting, writing, etc. Opal Center will cover supplies and provide a small stipend. Info:

• CG Library Summer Camp Registration Underway for children and youth ages 3-17. The field trips are fun and educational and get youth outdoors to explore Western Oregon’s the amazing landscapes, habitats, and ecosystems. Sign-up for these amazing and fun outdoor experiences at the Library reference desk.

• Friends of the Cottage Grove Carousel is restoring a vintage carousel donated to the people of Cottage Grove. More money is needed immediately to continue the restoration process. To help keep the project moving along, call Don Williams at 541-942-4752, Email or visit or Facebook page. Donations for its June 8-9 Rummage Sale are needed now. Call Don to arrange for pickup.

• South Valley Athletics Soccer Field Improvements $10K GoFund-Me Campaign now underway to improve the field next to LCC-CG Center that would pay for leveling, irrigation, fertilization, seed and drainage improvements to create two additional practice fields and an alternative game field for youth sports activities. Help our kids stay active!

• Support Cottage Grove Pool Upgrades by making a donation at and helping achieve the campaign’s $25,000 goal. In May 2016, South Lane voters approved a bond measure that earmarked $5.1 million. Project costs have increased requiring an additional $600K to purchase and install a brand new fast tank for racing, a 20-yd warm water lap pool, new plumbing, dressing rooms and new deck.