This Week's Community Announcements

• Congratulations to…

▪ Chloe Beckes, owner of Jack Sprats Café, is the 2018 Chamber of Commerce President. She will begin her term next Saturday night at the annual Chamber Awards & Installation Banquet at the Armory.

▪ Alice Heiney, a local “Rosie the Riveter” who celebrated her 100th birthday on Jan 2. She worked as an ammunition inspector in Denver during World War II.

Ed and Kori Sowa, Gary Roberts & Cheryl Bord received a Mayoral Certificate of Appreciation from Mayor Jeff Gowing at last week’s State of The City Address.

▪ South Lane Mental Health Staff that secured a $10,000 grant from the Oregon Community Foundation to expand its school-based therapy services for Creswell & Cottage Grove students.

▪ Chamber 2018 Award Nominees: Nonprofit of the Year: Family Relief Nursery, Trinity Lutheran Church & Parent Partnership; First Citizen: Greg Lee & Karol Kuhn Simons; Business of the Year: Coast Fork Feed Company, Territorial Seed Company & Weyerhaeuser

• Beds for Freezing Nights: The emergency warming shelter is located at First Presbyterian Church, South Third & Adams. Hours: 7 pm to 7 am when sustained lows are 29 degrees or colder. For activation and general info check the website  or call the BFN Hotline: 458-209-9744.

• Gateway Blvd Road Repair continues this week near the Row River Road intersection. Info at

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: The Camera Counter. Cameras from 1900 -1990 are on display.

Bohemia Gold Mining Museum is bigger and better in its new location in the historic Boots & Sandals Square Dance Barn (across from Bohemia Park).  Lots of displays and artifacts, replica of miner’s cabin, Bohemia Mountain mural and more! It’s a great way to discover Cottage Grove’s rich mining heritage. Hours: Thu-Sat, 1-4 pm Suggested Donation: $2/person  Info:

• Cottage Theatre 2018 Season Tickets On Sale Now The 2018 plays are: Noises Off (Feb 2-18), Legally Blonde (Apr 6-29), The Crucible (Jun 8-24), Treehouse (Aug 10-26), Shrek: The Musical (Oct 5-28), & The Fantasticks (Nov 30-Dec 16). More info: or call 541-942-8001

• Friends of the Cottage Grove Carousel are busy restoring a vintage carousel donated to the people of Cottage Grove. For a peek at the restoration process and learn how you can get involved in the project, call Don Williams at 541-942-4752, email or visit their Facebook page.  Learn more: #cottagegrovecarousel Fundraising buttons are now available for $1 at The Bookmine, Sentinel office & Dot’s Trophy Shop

• Swinging Bridge Restoration fundraising opportunity for City water users to round up to the nearest dollar of your water bill or make a larger donation to the project. Funds are placed in a City trust fund dedicated to the swinging bridge repair costs. For more info call the Friends of the Swinging Bridge organizer Dana Merryday at 541-942-7037.

• 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!

• Ballot Measure 101 Special Election on Tuesday, Jan. 23 "Healthcare Provider Assessments to fund Medicaid and stabilize individual insurance premiums." Ballots will be mailed between January 3 and January 9.  The original bill was approved by the Oregon Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Kate Brown. Believing the tax will be passed on to consumers, Rep. Cedric Hayden led a signature-collecting campaign to refer it to Oregon voters.  Measure 101 would temporarily tax healthcare insurers and some hospitals to stabilize Oregon’s Medicaid program and retain an estimated $630 million to $1 billion in federal funding.

• Latham School 2nd Annual Bingo Night (Jan 26) Parent Club needs more community donations for bingo prizes and the silent auction. If you are willing to donate call Latham School at 541-942-0147. A donation letter will be provided.

• 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.

• LCC Cottage Grove Center Community Needs Survey (thru Jan 31) It only takes a few minutes to complete this survey that helps local center staff offer classes that meet the needs and interests of South Lane County folks. With Lane Community College budget challenges, having a well-used outreach center will justify the expense. The survey is at Did you know? LCC-CG has some great meeting spaces available for a nominal fee. Staff host a fun monthly Cribbage Night on the second Thursday from 5-7:30. The center now has an audio recording studio to create high quality recordings of family stories, songs, and to develop podcasts of something you’re passionate about. For more info call 541-463-4204 or visit