■ COMMUNITY KUDOS
Yard of the Week Winner: 718 S. 2nd Street Weekly winners receive a one month credit on the water portion of their City utility bill, a Chamber of Commerce gift certificate, and a year’s subscription to the Cottage Grove Sentinel. When you’re out and about make a note of yards that are worthy of this award. This is the last week of this fun summertime tradition!!! To make a nomination call 541.942.5501 or 541.942.2411. See photo on the City website www.cottagegrove.org
Grovers (and other Oregonians) for doing their civic duty and completing the 2000 census. The deadline for everyone to complete their 2020 Census is September 30th. As of September 17, the State of Oregon is at 96.9% of households counted and the remaining 3.1% is going to be the hardest part to count. Anyone that has not responded to the Census or that has not been contacted by Census workers can still go to 2020census.gov to complete the census. Happily, our state will receive most of the federal revenue we’re due in the next decade.
Cottage Village Coalition Members for their vision and strong commitment to create our community’s first tiny house village through multiple partnerships, including Square One Villages in Eugene, to provide extremely low income Grovers a beautiful well-designed place to call home. The Last Friday’s presentation of keys to the new residents (9 of planned 13 houses) was a joyful celebration. Cottage Grove now has an excellent model for other communities to visit as they work on their own strategies to address homelessness.
City of Cottage Grove for its many efforts to support those impacted and fighting nearby wildfires. Police Officers spent their time off assisting Lane County Sheriff’s deputies staffing security checkpoints in the McKenzie Valley. Public Works Staff emptied and refilled an ODF shower trailer used on the Archie Creek Fire and provided water to evacuated animals relocated to a local property that had no water. CGPD & Community Center Staff collected and transported items needed by the Holiday Farm Fire evacuees in the Eugene/Springfield area.
■ COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS
Fire Restrictions: Currently the South Lane County Fire & Rescue district fire danger is: MODERATE. Mowing dried, cured grass & operating outdoor power tools is permitted only before 1 pm and after 8 pm. For a complete list of current 2020 Fire Season Restrictions visit: http://southlanefire.org/entry/fire-danger-restrictions
Blood Donations Needed Now: Bloodworks Northwest, 2211 Willamette St. in Eugene. The blood supply remains critically low, please donate and save lives! To schedule an appointment call 541.484.9111
Lane County 2020 Fire Relief Organization Updated Information (as of 9/20) The amazing generosity of those who donated items to support our McKenzie Valley neighbors has overwhelmed the organization’s ability to manage it. Therefore the group will no longer accept any donations at the Masonic Lodge in Eugene. They are working on getting a more permanent location and will provide updates when they will be ready again and what will be needed. Therefore, the CG Community Center is not accepting any more donations of items at until they know what is specifically needed. The recovery from this tragedy will be a long process so check the CG Police Department FaceBook page for information for more information as the needs change.
Wildfire Assistance Info: Go to www.wildfire.oregon.gov for info about applying for assistance, current conditions and other resources.
Recycling: For up-to-date information visit these two Facebook pages: Recycling in the Grove & EcoGeneration Next Plastics Recycling Take Back is Saturday, October 3, from Noon – 2:30 pm at CG Community Center
Forest Ranger Request: The wildfires are moving our forest animals closer to town as their habitat continues to burn and their flight instincts kick in. You may see deer, elk, coyote, bear and other mountain animals near your home. Bring your pets inside and leave some buckets of water outside for these forest animals to drink. Do NOT shoot them! Their world on fire too and they have nowhere else to go.
Cottage Grove Mutual Aid Hotline Are you looking for help and want to know what programs and services are available to assist you? Call or text 541.649.2460 or email CottageGroveCommunityCares@gmail.com to get connected to a volunteer who can help.
Free Face Masks for Small Businesses are available at City Hall to assist local business owners to provide masks to their staff. Any business (50 employees or less) can pick them up at City Hall weekdays from 8 am-5 pm.
Spay & Neuter Your Pets! The Humane Society of Cottage Grove’s This & That Corner Thrift Shop at 33 N. 8th St. is open Monday-Saturday from 10 am-5 pm. All sales benefit animals in our community. HSCG offers discount spay & neuter coupons, which are accepted at veterinary clinics in CG & Creswell.
Last call to submit your 2020 Census Go to 2020Census.gov to complete it online. For assistance by phone call 844.330.2020. Federal law compels Americans to submit their form to determine accurate distribution of tax dollars back to communities for the next decade. Deadline: Sept 30.
Support Downtown Businesses – Buy a T-shirt! Show your community spirit and financial support for local businesses, especially those economically hard hit by the pandemic. The pre-shrunk shirts are “soft & lightweight”Sizes: S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL & YXL; Styles: Women’s V-Neck, Unisex Crew Neck & Youth; Cost: $25 Available only online at this time: hyva.co/good-shirts/cottage-grove
VFW Shooting Club Fundraising Raffle for a Canik 9mm Luger & Accessories. Tickets: 1-$2, 3-$5, 7-$10 Tickets are available at the Post at 3160 Hillside Dr. Drawing will be Dec. 5 & winner need not be present to win.
■ ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Oregon Aviation Museum: Open Tuesday-Friday 10 am – 4 pm next to Cottage Grove Airport at 2475 Jim Wright Way. Masks & social distancing are required for admission. For more information: www.oregonaviation.org
Cottage Grove Museum: Open Saturday & Sunday from 1-4 pm on the corner of H Street & Birch Ave. Visitors will follow the following Oregon Health Authority museum guidelines. For more information visit www.cottagegrovemuseum.com
The Bohemia Gold Mining Museum: Open Saturdays from 1-4 pm (as of 9/12), Visitors are required to wear face coverings and maintain six feet social distance from other visitors. Located across from Bohemia Park in the red Boots and Sandals Square Dance Barn. Suggested donation: $2
Pickleball Anyone? Open play Pickleball every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 9 am- Noon-ish at the Coiner Park Tennis Courts, Free activity all are welcome. For more info call Ken at 503-318-8915 or Chris at 541-914-5937.
Village Green Resort, Fireside Lounge, 725 Row River Rd. For more info: Call 541-942-2491 No Cover Charge. Enjoy live music on Thursday from 6-9 pm and Friday & Saturday from 7-9:30 pm
THU 9/24: Gary Millard (classic country)
FRI 9/25: Down Home Boys (country, blues, & rock),
SAT 9/26: Blue Mountaineers (bluegrass)
■ BINGO IS BACK!
WEDNESDAY: Elks Club, 755 N. River Rd. Bingo Burgers & more from 5-7 pm; Early Bird Bingo starts at 6:30 pm (First Pack $3 & $1 for additional packs) Regular Bingo starts at 7 pm (Packs: $5 & $9) No outside beverages.
FRIDAY: American Legion, 5-7 pm, Calvin Funk Post #32, 826 W. Main St. Rules: Temperature will be taken at the door. Masks are required to enter and to play. They may be removed to eat. Bring lots of $1 dollar bills. Cards are 50-cents and payout is 80% per game. Food and drinks are available for purchase.
SUNDAY: CG Brewers Guild Bingo, 3-6 pm, Covered Bridge Brewing Group, Main & 99 50-cent cards (no card limit) $1 blackout cards
■ CLASSES & WORKSHOPS
LCC Cottage Grove Center: Fall term begins Sept 30 for both online and in-person classes. There’s even a free Zoom 101 class to help you learn how to participate with confidence in a virtual class! Go to www.lanecc.edu/cottagegrove for class information or call 541.463.4202.
Student Drop-in Learning Centers, organized by CG Campus Life, CG Calvary Chapel & Riverside Community Church of God, they will provide Internet access and help students with schoolwork. The first drop-in center will be at Riverside Church, 1255 S. River Rd. For more information or to volunteer contact Richard New via Facebook.
The Health Hub: Offers fitness and recreation classes for info: www.healthhubcg.com or call 541-915-6349
Singing Creek Educational Center: Online home school starts in September! SCEC is a local nonprofit providing historically-based learning for kids aged 6 and up. History Homeschool is online this Fall with stories, games, worksheets, videos and recipes for you and your child to do at home. Cost is only $15 per session per child. For more info: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: https://www.singingcreekcenter.org
South Lane School District Update: Last week the School Board voted to delay the start of school to Sept. 28. The instructional model will be distance learning (except for Pre-K thru Third). All students in grades 4-12 will receive instruction online through November 2. All students PreK-3 receive instruction through a hybrid model, in the classroom for two-days a week and three days in distance learning. The revised first day of school will be September 28 with Grades K-1 starting in hybrid and Grades 2-12 starting in Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL). Oct 12: Grade 2 starts hybrid. Oct 26: Grade 3 starts hybrid. Nov 2: Grades 4-12 start hybrid. All other dates on the academic calendar will remain the same (conferences, beginning/end of terms, etc.) More detailed info is posted to the School District website and social media platforms: Webpage: www.slane.k12.or.us; Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/southlaneSD Instagram: @southlane_sd & Twitter: @southlane_sd
CG Historical Society Weekly History Mini-Lessons are offered on its website and Facebook page. In addition to the standard lesson there are links to an easy to print student version of each lesson. Student versions include discussion points and vocabulary. They are planning to continue to offer these lessons until they can safely return to their monthly Saturday presentations. https://cghistory.org/index.php/history/mini-lessons
■ MARK YOUR CALENDAR
10/03: 14th Annual Bow Wow Around Town Fun Dog Walk, Saturday, 10 am, Prospector Park, 913 S. River Rd. Humane Society of Cottage Grove Fundraiser with suggested donation: $10/person & $15/family Registration begins at 9:30 am. Walk is a 2-mile loop along River Road to CG High School to R Street to Main Street thru Silk Creek Park and back to Prospector Park.
■ MEETINGS (If your organization meets virtually or in-person and wants to be listed here send email to email@example.com)
9/24: Rotary Club – Thursday, Noon To participate in the virtual meeting call 541.554.6946 for directions.
■ SPECIAL EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS
▪ 09/26: “The Return” A Community-wide Prayer Event, Saturday, 6:30 pm, Bohemia Park Amphitheater The local observance of the national/global “Day of Prayer and Repentance” held concurrently in Washington, DC. Organized by area churches, the non-denominational event begins with praise and worship in the amphitheater followed by small prayer groups spreading out across the park with a list of topics to pray for. For details on the significance of the prayer gathering go to: www.thereturnwebsite.org Local pastors interested in planning/participating in the event can call Pastor Rulon Combs at 541.942.2612 This is a social distanced event and masks/face coverings are required.
■ This Week’s Community Meals & Food Giveaways:
MONDAY-FRIDAY: Community Sharing Food Boxes Available Monday, 1:30-6 pm; Tue-Fri, 11 am-3:30 pm, 1440 Birch Ave. The number of food boxes offered has increased. For eligibility requirements call 541.942.2176
MONDAY: Seventh-Day Adventist August Produce & More Giveaway (9/21), 1-3 pm, 820 S. 10th St. Offers fresh produce, a large variety of beans, rice and oatmeal. No qualifying. Call Judy at 541.514.5889 to pre-arrange your box pick-up. Walk ups are always welcome.
TUESDAY & THURSDAY: Trinity Lutheran Church, 5:15-6:15 pm (Doors open at 5 pm) FREE, Sixth & Quincy Ave. Take Out Only
Café 60 Senior Meals, Noon, 925 W. Main St. For 60+ individuals. Take Out Only available.
Meals on Wheels Home Delivery Procedure is the driver knocks and asks if all is ok. If yes, will leave the meal to retrieve after he/she is gone.
THURSDAY: South Valley Farmers Market Offers fresh, locally-grown produce and hand-crafted items from 4-7 pm on Seventh & Main Street.
THURSDAY-SATURDAY: The Vintage Inn Restaurant is now serving dinner on these nights only until 9 pm.
SATURDAY: VFW Post 3473 BBQ, 4:30-7 pm, 3160 Hillside Dr. VFW Members & Guests are welcome to come and enjoy.
SUNDAY: “Soup’s On”, 4:30-6 pm, ROP Building, 632 E. Main St. (former Healing Matrix Bldg). Free to-go meal served out of the building’s back window. The site is wheelchair accessible. Pet food & fresh produce also provided.
■ BEYOND THE GROVE
▪ 9/25-26: Lane County Fairgrounds Summer Midway Drive-In Movie Nights
Friday, Sept 25: Pirates of the Caribbean, The Curse of the Black Pearl (Action/Adventure, PG-13, 2003) Saturday, Sept 26: Moana (Animated/Family, PG, 20169)
Gates open at 7:30 pm. Movie begins at 9:15. Arrive early to ensure the best possible parking space and view for your size vehicle. Lawn chairs not permitted — you must stay inside your vehicle or in the bed/hatch of vehicle. Parking allows the required physical distancing and Event staff wears face coverings and gloves. Relax in your vehicle, purchase snacks and have them delivered to your car. Beer Garden open from 7:30-9 pm. Tickets: There are a limited number of parking spaces so you’re encouraged to go online and purchase your ticket early. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, Sept 8, at 9 am online at www.atthefair.com/summer-midway-movies Online Tickets: $20 per vehicle (limit 2 carload tickets per person) At the Door: $23 Featured Food Trucks: (subject to change) The Wurst Food Cart, Kona Ice, Larsen’s Ice Cream & The Great Philly Steak
Creswell Community Market Seeks vendors on Sundays from 10 am -3 pm at Meadowlark RV Park, 298 E. Oregon Ave. The Market seeks farmers, backyard gardeners, baked goods, artisans, crafters & more. For more info: firstname.lastname@example.org
■ VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Community Sharing Food Box Distribution & Pantry Front Counter For additional information contact Glenn Trujillo Pantry Manager at 541-942-2176 or email: email@example.com
South Valley Resource Alliance (SVRA) needs volunteers to assist with the twice a month food box distribution on the first and third Fridays at the ROP Building (Main & 7th St.) Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Student Drop-in Learning Center needs volunteers to support youth who need Internet access and help with homework at Riverside Community Church. Contact Richard New via Facebook for details.