Community Kudos & Announcements


 Yard of the Week  Winner:   1104 South 2nd St. 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. To make a nomination call 541.942.5501 or 541.942.2411

▪  Happy Birthday Cottage Grove Speedway! On July 4, 1956, the very first race was held on the now famed ¼-mile banked clay oval track. After several serious and fatal accidents from street racing, 64-years ago the JayCees built and originally operated the track on donated land (next to the W.O.E. Fairgrounds) to provide a safer way for youth to race their cars and save more lives. As a child, native Grover Heather Boyce raced her go-kart at the track. After managing the facility for years, in 2019, she became its newest owner! This Saturday the first races of the 2020 season will be held. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 restrictions, fans will not be allowed to attend this participant-only event… but all over town we will hear the roar of the competitors’ engines!

▪  Jack Sprats Café & the Axe & Fiddle Public House were selected last Monday by the City Council to be the first two businesses in the Historic Downtown District to construct a “streatery” – a dining space on a deck constructed within a parking space in front of their business. Several other applications were received and these two will serve as a pilot project to determine if more will be approved.

▪  Cottage Grove Historical Museum reopens this weekend for the first time since March! Hours will be 2-4 pm on Saturdays and Sundays following the Oregon Health Authority’s guidelines (see details below). Kudos to the museum volunteers for their efforts that allow history lovers access to the outstanding displays depicting The Grove’s cool and colorful history.                                

▪  Big Stuff BBQ Reopens!  Beginning Wednesday, July 1 at 11 am at 733 E. Main St. enjoy some mighty fine barbecued meats smoked over oak wood at this popular family-owned restaurant. Welcome back Simon & Crew!   

▪  Free Reign on Main Clothing Store opened last week in its new location at 1601 E. Main St. Offers women’s clothing (S-3X) on Tuesday-Saturday from 10 am-6 pm.


▪  Bohemia Mining Days “Bohemia Nugget” Sentinel Insert Call for information Share what BMD means to you in a short paragraph for the “BMD Memories” page. Photos from the 1970s-1990s are especially desired. Email your        information by Thursday, July 2 to Festival Coordinator Cindy Weeldreyer at

▪  South Valley Resource Alliance (SVRA) offers free food boxes on the first and third Fridays from 4-6 pm at the Health Hub on the corner of E. Main Street & 11th Avenue. (Enter drive-thru line on 11th Avenue) The next Friday Food Share will be this Thursday (7/2) due to the July 4 holiday weekend.

▪  Blood Donations Needed Now: Bloodworks Northwest, 2211 Willamette St. in Eugene. Supply is critically low, please donate and save lives! To schedule an appointment call 541.484.9111

▪  Pay It Forward  Check out the Facebook page to find free things you need.

▪  Recycling For up-to-date information visit these two Facebook pages: Recycling in the Grove & EcoGeneration

▪  Free Wood Chips  The City had the branch and limb pile at North 12th Street behind Dari Mart ground into chips and mulch this week. The pile of material is free to those wanting them on a first come first serve basis. They must be loaded and hauled from the site by the individual taking them.

▪  Heads up blueberry lovers… Eden Valley Farm is taking orders for blueberries and is looking for blueberry pickers (12+), 7 am – Noon, Monday-Saturday. Call 541-942-2216.

▪  Do You Want To Help Others? This City of Cottage Grove website provides information on local nonprofit needs and how our community can help them. For further information please contact Teresa at 541.942.1185 ext. 2.

▪  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 to get connected to a volunteer who can help.

▪  Grovers Grow a Row for Grovers  In support of meeting our community’s food needs, Sustainable Cottage Grove is promoting a “Grovers Grow a Row for Grovers” campaign. The concept is simple—home gardeners and farmers intentionally grow an abundance of vegetables and/or fruits this season and donate this extra harvest to our local food pantries: Community Sharing Food Pantry & Dorena Food Pantry at Child’s Way Charter School.

▪  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 accepted at  veterinary clinics in CG & Creswell. Discount coupons available for Mom Cat $50 off & Tom Cat $25 off.

▪  Cottage Grove Historical Society Educator Grant Available  Up to $200 is available for K-12 teachers in both public or private school s within the South Lane School District who use some aspect of local history in their classroom. Grant applications are due on June 30 with funds awarded for the 2020/2021 school year. Any subject matter is eligible so be creative! For more information:

▪  Have you submitted your 2020 Census? About 61.7% of American households have responded online, by phone or by mail since invitations arrived in mailboxes in mid-March. It’s not too late and federal law compels you to do it. A final reminder postcard is scheduled to arrive between July 22-28, a few weeks before census takers are set to begin visiting most households that haven’t responded to gather the needed information that directs federal dollars to state, county and city programs for the next 10 years. Go to to complete it online. For assistance between 4 am-10 pm (PT) call 844.330.2020.

▪  Interested in Running for City Council? In the Nov. 3 election, the offices of Mayor, Ward 2 City Councilor, Ward 4 City Councilor and Councilor at Large will be on the ballot. Mayor Jeff Gowing is running for re-election. The Ward 2 City Councilor seat is vacant.  Ward 4 City Councilor position is currently held by Greg Ervin and the Councilor-at-Large position is currently held by Kenneth Michael Roberts. The Mayor is a two year term and the City Councilor positions are four year terms. The deadline to apply is August 25. If you are interested in running or for more information, please contact the City Recorder Trudy Borrevik at 541.942.5501 

▪  City Parks are fully open now! Play structures have re-opened. Bring your own sanitation supplies. Because of the close contact nature of basketball the courts will remain closed.

▪  Beware COVID-19 Contact Tracing Scam! Official contact tracers will identify themselves as from a local or tribal public health authority.  It will not be an automated recording – contract tracer calls will always be a real person. A contact tracer will never ask for your: Social Security number, bank account, credit card number or immigration status.

▪  OLPH Catholic Church has a replica of the Shroud of Turin on display for community viewing. A centuries old linen cloth that bears the image of a crucified man that millions believe to be Jesus of Nazareth. It is the single most studied artifact in human history and the controversy continues on its authenticity.  The church is located at 1025 N. 19th St. The display is in the sanctuary, which is open during the day for viewing.

The Library Reopens July 1! Initial in-person service will be for computer access only (5 people for 30-minutes). Starting this Wednesday at 9 am, 10 am and 11 am the first five people outside the Community Center on the hour at those times will be admitted. Building restrooms are closed. (portable toilet outside). Masks are required. Patron’s temperature is taken at the door. Those with 100.4 or higher will not be allowed inside. Staff will clean the computer area after each session. The next stage of re-opening will provide take-out service of library materials.  For more information call 541.942.3828.

EcoGeneration seek community support for its efforts to help you recycle as much waste as possible. The organization seeks volunteers and funding to accomplish its mission to protect the environment. Volunteer hours and monetary donations cover cleaning, storing, sorting and shipping recyclable materials. The current financial goal is to raise $7500 by July. For more info on how you can help:

▪  South Lane School District Weekday Meals Discontinued As of June 29, Food for Lane County begins its summer lunch program. Meal sites: Monday-Fri day from 11 am-Noon at Bohemia, Harrison & CG High School.

Two local restaurants now hiring: El Tapatio & Carl’s Jr

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