■ COMMUNITY KUDOS
City Councilor Jake Boone who successfully presided over the virtual version of the League of Oregon Cities annual conference last week as the organization’s president.
CG Garden Club Members for sprucing up All America City Square/Opal Park on Saturday. Thank you for your efforts!
■ COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS
Fire Restrictions: Currently the South Lane County Fire & Rescue district fire danger is: LOW Debris burning is now permitted between 8 am-5 pm.
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 COVID-19 Case Increases, On October 16, Governor Brown updated the County Watch List to include Lane County. There are now five counties on the Watch List; Benton, Clatsop, Lane, Malheur, and Umatilla. Counties are placed on the Watch List when COVID-19 is spreading quickly and public health officials cannot trace that spread to specific sources (i.e. over 50 sporadic cases per 100,000 population). Will this change our Phase 2 Status? Being on the Watch List DOES place us at risk of facing additional restrictions or a drop in status IF we are not able to slow the spread during the next three weeks (by Nov. 6). Being placed on the Watch List does provide Lane County Public Health officials additional state resources to take actions to reverse the trend and lower the sporadic cases. Local officials strongly urge us to do our part to help avoid dropping out of Phase 2 or facing other restrictions by masking up, practicing good hygiene – washing our hands regularly avoiding touching our face; keeping our distance and avoiding groups. Remember… It’s not just about you, we’re all connected. People without obvious COVID-19 symptoms might still be contagious. For now, during this high level of exposure, “Keep your bubble small!” Plan ahead and limit your trips to stores and other places where dozens of people are. Let people know immediately if anyone gets sick in your circle of friends, family and co-workers. For more detailed go to: www.lanecounty.org
November 3 Election Deadlines: Lane County Elections staff mailed out ballots last week and drop-off sites are now open. (Cottage Grove’s drop site is in front of the Community Center). All ballots must be received by 8 pm on Nov. 3. After you vote to track your ballot go to the Oregon Secretary of State’s website: www.sos.state.or.us Please VOTE!
Are you a parent or caregiver? Oregon policy makers want to hear about your experiences seeking and using child care during COVID-19. All who complete a 15-minute survey will receive a $20 gift card. Surveys are available in English and Spanish both online or via phone for those without online access. To take a phone survey in English call Denise at 916.205.6581 or in Spanish call Laura at 541.606.8350. To take the online survey go to: https://redcap.oslc.org/surveys/?s=8CXJEJLRWCFor more info call Beth at 503.522.0157 or Katherine at 541.485.2711.
You Are Not Alone Physical distancing required by COVID-19 creates increased concerns and there is help. The Oregon Department of Human Services invites you to visit: www.oralert.gov/not-alone
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.
Downtown Trick-or-Treat Update: Organizers are planning a “Halloween Howl Cruise” on Main Street between River Road and Seventh Street. Pre-packaged treat bags will be distributed to vehicles.
Recycling: For up-to-date information visit these two Facebook pages: Recycling in the Grove & EcoGeneration Next Plastics Recycling Take Back is Saturday, November 14.
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.
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.
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. Cost: $25 Available only online at this time: www.hyva.co/good-shirts/cottage-grove
City Youth Advisory Council seeks new members for the 2020-21 school year. Any youth in grades 7-12 who lives in the South Lane School District, who is interested in this great hands-on learning experience to better understand how local government works, should contact City Manager Richard Meyers at 541.942.5501 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Family Relief Nursery Update: The FRN seeks to stop the cycle of child abuse and neglect. Executive Director Peggy Whalen reports staff was retained by changing how services are delivered at three sites: Cottage Grove, Creswell & Drain. They connect with families by phone to ensure they have the supplies and support they need. They offer online classes for kids and parents. They provide technology to families that need it and… they’re giving out sooooo many diapers! Since March, they have served 116 families, which is more than were served at this time last year. Thanks to the Robertson Family every donation made in October will be matched! To make a donation go to www.frncg.org or call 541.942.4835 for more information.
CG Police Department needs your help: A string of thefts occurred on Wednesday 10/14 between the hours of 10 pm and midnight in the areas of N 19th, Ostrander, N 16th, Pennoyer, N Lane, N Douglas and Geer streets. If you have any items missing from your mailbox or vehicle, please contact Sgt. Walker via email at email@example.com, and reference case number 20202267.
■ ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Cottage Theatre Update: A message from CT Executive Director Susan Goes: “We will remain closed until large group gatherings are safe and permitted once again. During this pandemic pause, theatre staff and volunteers are working hard behind the scenes to raise money to complete Cottage Theatre’s long-planned ACT III project, which will add 50 seats to the auditorium. Funding permitting, the theatre hopes to begin construction in early 2021, to avoid reopening from COVID only to close again. If construction schedules and public health mandates permit, the theatre hopes to be back to show business by next summer. Keep your fingers crossed!” If you would like to make a donation to keep the mandated construction schedule on-track visit www.cottagetheatre.org or call 541.942.8001
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 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 Gary Millard (classic country), FRI & SAT: Jacob Westfall (pop/soul)
■ 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. 2
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 offers 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! For class information call 541.463.4202 or visit: www.lanecc.edu/cottagegrove
South Lane School District Update: Due to the significant increases in positive COVID-19 cases in Lane County SLSD students in all grades continue to receive CDL (Comprehensive Distance Learning) instruction. More detailed info is posted on 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
The Health Hub: Offers fitness and recreation classes for info: www.healthhubcg.com or call 541-915-6349
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
Singing Creek Educational Center: 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
Student Drop-in Learning Center: Weekdays (except Wed), 8 am-3:30 pm, Riverside Community Church, 1255 S. River Rd. Provides a free, safe, clean & fun atmosphere with Internet Wi-Fi for Middle & High School students to learn & participate in their classes and complete their schoolwork. Space is limited so arrive early. Masks required and COVID-19 safety protocols are followed.
Local Foods, Local Places Virtual Two-Day Free Workshop: Thursday & Friday, November 5-6 The City of Cottage Grove invites you to participate and help our community grow its local food economy, improve food access for all and keep our downtown and neighborhoods vibrant. The goal of the workshop is to create a community action plan that supports farmers, food producers, and Grovers. Cottage Grove is one of 16 communities nationwide selected by the EPA and USDA to participate in the federal 2020 Local Foods, Local Places Program. The workshop is divided into a series of seven, interconnected, virtual video conference sessions spaced over a two-day period. All sessions are not required so participants can come and go as needed. The process is designed for interactivity. For full details and to register go to: https://bit.ly/LFLPCottageGrove
OSU Extension "Eating Smart Being Active" Free Online Class: Wednesdays (Oct 21-Dec 16), 11 am-Noon The class offers tips for living a healthy lifestyle by balancing the food we eat with the physical activity we get. To register go to: https://beav.es/oWX To join the Zoom Class: www.oregonstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEodumvqDsrHdcUGdYOHNTvti-o2UFPG--h
■ MEETINGS (If your organization meets virtually or in-person and wants to be listed here send email to email@example.com)
MON 10/19: City Youth Advisory Council at 4 pm The YAC meets virtually and is seeking new members for the 2020-21 school year. Students in Grades 7-12 living in the South Lane School District are invited to call the City Manager’s office at 541.942.5501 to get information to connect to the meeting.
MON 10/19: South Lane School Board at 5:30 pm Public participation by computer or phone only. Online: meet.google.com/ser-pkkw-xfa Phone: 813.618.7574 PIN: 736 162 705# Work Session Agenda: Debrief Oct 9 Strategic Planning Retreat & Discuss Organizational Structure
THU 10/22: Rotary Club at Noon To participate in the virtual meeting call 541.554.6946 for directions.
■ SPECIAL EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS
FRI 10/23: Free Flu Shot Clinic from 3-7 pm, Parking Lot, Community Center/Library, 700 E. Gibbs Ave. Eugene’s White Bird Clinic local hours accommodates working families' schedules. Volunteers are needed to help coordinate and organize the day of the clinic. To volunteer, please contact Community Coordinator, Teresa Cowan at 541-942-1185 ext 2.
SAT 10/24: Flag Raising Community Ceremony at 9 am, SE Corner of Main & 16th Street in front of Free Reign on Main building. All are invited to the formal flag raising in memory of our “Flag Waver” and to honor all veterans, soldiers, first responders, firefighters and police officers. Hosted by VFW Post 3473.
SAT 10/24: Community Trunk or Treat from 4-6 pm, 6th & Gibbs Church Parking Lot, offers candy & games
SUN 10/25: Brush, Bottle & Barrel Painting Party from Noon-3 pm, Coast Fork Brewstation, 106 S. Sixth St. Two painting designs: Black Cat or Raven King Fee: $35/person includes all supplies and drink voucher. Call (541) 513-3781 to register.
■ This Week’s Community Meals & Food Giveaways:
MONDAY-FRIDAY: Community Sharing Food Boxes Available on 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-FRIDAY: South Lane School District Weekday Meal Sites: Free meals for youth ages 0-18. Parents can pick up w/o student.
Bohemia: 721 South R St. 10-10:30 am & Wed 11:30-Noon
Harrison: 1000 Taylor Ave. 10:30-11 am (& temporarily from 12:15-1:15 pm)
London: 73288 London Rd. 11-11:30 am
Dorena: 37141 Row River Rd. 11-11:30 am & 12:45-1:15pm
High School: 1375 S. River Rd. 11:30 am-12:30 pm
Lincoln: Temporarily unavailable due to road construction project
For additional information: Call 541.942.3381 ext. 124
MONDAY: Seventh-Day Adventists’ August Produce & More Giveaway frin 1-3 pm, 820 S. 10th St. Offers fresh produce, a large variety of beans and produce. 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
TUE/WED/THU: 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 7th & Main
THURSDAY-SATURDAY: The Vintage Inn Restaurant is now serving dinner on these nights only until 9 pm.
FRIDAY: South Valley Resource Alliance (SVRA) Third Friday Food Box Giveaway 4-6 pm ROP Building, Main & 7th Streets Pre-packed boxes are available on a first-come,first-served basis. Volunteers needed! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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. Pet food & fresh produce also provided. Site is wheelchair accessible.
■ MARK YOUR CALENDAR
TUE 10/27: 2020 Virtual Candidate Forum from 6:30-8:30 pm. Online event hosted by the Cottage Grove Area Chamber of Commerce. To participate in this Zoom event use this link to connect: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81947376734?pwd=cEt3THZMc3F2T0ZvZ0Fhb0ZST1VsZz09
WED 10/28: Drive Thru Flu Shot Clinic from 1-4 pm, at the PeaceHealth Medical Center at 1515 Village Dr. Event serves those 12-year-old and older. Fee: $25 (health insurance can also be billed) Just south of the Hospital’s main entrance a PeaceHealth caregiver greets cars and completes the paperwork.
THU-SAT 10/29-31: Village Green Resort Fireside Lounge Performers
THURSDAY: Bobby Seelover (smooth jazz), 6-9 pm
FRIDAY: Down Home Boys (country, blues & rock), 7-9:30 pm
SATURDAY: Tatiamo (Americana/rock/soul), 7-9:30 pm
SAT 10/31: Downtown Spooktacular Trick-or-Treat Cruise from 3-5 pm, Use CG Candy Gram Facebook page to participate in the costume contest. Line up starts at South River Road and Main Street and proceeds east on Main to 7th Street. Walkers will not receive candy. Cloth face masks are highly recommended but not required when driving through the event.
THU-SAT 11/5-7: Shady Oaks Annual Holiday Market from 10 am-4 pm, 77380 Hwy 99S. Come get a dose of holiday spirit! Support local artisans and find unique gifts for those on your shopping list and enjoy home baked goodies.
SAT 11/07: Farm Truck Canvas Paint Class from Noon-3 pm, T & K Creations, 818 E. Main St. Taught by Sarah Shines and includes all materials. Fee: $40/person Class size is limited due to COVID-19 restrictions so pre-registration is required. Masks are required to participate. Stop by the store to register.
SAT 11/14: Elks Lodge 21st Annual USO Show & Veterans Appreciation Dinner (served 5-7 pm) Due to COVID-19 restrictions there will not be a show and the meal will be take-out only. The dinner is free to all veterans and $6/person for non-veterans. Bring 2 non-perishable food items per person and get $1 discount and help the Elks fill their Christmas food baskets.