■ COMMUNITY KUDOS
Yard of the Week Winner: 2415 South 8th Street 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. See pics at www.cottagegrove.org
City of Cottage Grove Community Center & Library Staff: After 16 months of closure and much renovation, the facility reopens to the public on Aug 2 with temporary hours – Weekdays, 1-5 pm. Programming will not resume until staff is able to return to regular hours. During the closure staff updated collections and created more functional seating areas for patrons.
■ COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS
Fire Danger Level HIGH Restrictions: dry grass and brush cutting until 10 am and after 8 pm. Please use extreme caution when operating combustion motors during the approved hours. Fire danger levels can change daily. www.southlanefire.org to see daily fire danger levels and permitted activities.
Give Blood & Save a Life! The blood supply in our county has remained critically low since the onset of the coronavirus. Recent confusion over eligibility is having a significant impact on our regional blood supply. Inventory of most blood types is now down to a less than 24-hour supply and hospital requests for blood are up 118 percent. To schedule your donation, visit www.schedule.bloodworksnw.org or call 800-398-7888.
Lane-Douglas Connector Bus Service connecting Eugene & Roseburg offers public, accessible transportation to veterans and the public in rural communities for better access to healthcare services and shopping opportunities. HOURS: Tuesdays & Thursdays between 7:30 am to 3:30 pm. STOPS: Roseburg - V.A. Hospital, Drain - Ray’s Food Place, Cottage Grove - Walmart & PeaceHealth Medical Center & Eugene - V.A. Clinic. For an introductory period, service will be free to the general public. LDC is an Umpqua Public Transportation District service operated by South Lane Wheels. For more information or to schedule a ride, call UPTD dispatch toll-free (888) 232-8121.
Wipes Clog Pipes: It is very important that city residents hooked to the City sewer system not flush items down the toilet that don't belong in the sanitary sewer system. The wastewater treatment plant is designed to treat pee, poop, and toilet paper only. Do not flush paper towels, tissues, disinfectant wipes, diapers, baby wipes, fats, grease and or oils even if they are marketed as flushable. By not flushing items that can't be treated it will ensure the sewer treatment plant can operate as designed and meet DEQ requirements.
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.
"Humane Hero Award" is a community recognition for a person or business owner who has made a positive difference in an animal's life or environment. The Humane Society of Cottage Grove (HSCG), created the award and seek nominations for it. Send name and contact information to HSCG411@gmail.com. HSCG volunteers will also be on the lookout for acts of kindness towards animals.
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-4 pm. All sales benefit animals in our community. HSCG offers discount spay & neuter coupons, which are accepted at veterinary clinics in CG & Creswell.
Please Shop Local and give a much needed economic injection into the bank account of our local business owners and heal the financial pain COVID-19 inflicted upon them.
Online Shoppers can support local nonprofits on Amazon Smile! Go to www.smile.amazon.com and choose an organization. Every time you buy a qualifying item, the organization gets free money. There are a lot of local places on the list- just make sure you find Cottage Grove, OR (not TN, WI, or MN)
Low Income Rural Home Repair Loans Available from Lane County and managed by St. Vincent de Paul. The loan can be used for roofs, foundations, dry rot, plumbing, siding, heating systems, windows, doors, insulation, paint, and much more. For more information please contact Andy Clay at (541) 743-7128.
City of Cottage Grove Website New Address: To increase online security, in 2021, city staff is changing its website address from cottagegrove.org to www.cottagegroveor.gov
DMV COVID-19 Backlog Extends Grace Period for Expirations: If your driver license, permit or vehicle registration expires between Nov 1, 2020 and April 30, 2021, you have until Dec 31, 2021 after the expiration date to renew without being cited. DMV offices are open by appointment. Visit www.oregondmv.com for a list of services available by office. Some services are available online at dmv2u.oregon.gov.
Chamber of Commerce Visitor Information Center Hours: Monday-Friday, 11 am-7 pm & Saturday-Sunday, 10 am-4 pm
Free Showers Wednesdays: The City of Cottage Grove and Community Sharing offer free showers at Community Sharing, 1440 Birch Avenue, every Wednesday from 11 am- 3 pm. If you're interested in learning more about the Mobile Shower program or have an interest in volunteering, contact Community Coordinator Teresa Cowan at 541-942-1185 ext 2.
Genealogical Society Library Reopens: Local genealogists are delighted with the reopening of their library in the renovated community center. Hours are Wednesday-Friday, 1-4 pm (as of Aug 4). Volunteer opportunities are available. For more information call 541.942.9570.
To find out the latest information on COVID-19 Vaccinations visit: www.covidvaccine.oregon.gov
■ ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
FRI & SAT 9/17-18: CG Humane Society Name Your Price Sale, Friday 10 am-4 pm & Saturday 10 am-3 pm This-N-That Corner Breezeway, 33 N. 8th St. All sales benefit animals in our community.
SAT 9/18: South Valley Farmers Market, 11 am-3 pm, South 7th Street between Main and Washington Avenue. An open air market, featuring small scale, sustainable, organically grown foods, family farms & hand crafted products.
FRI & SAT 8/6 & 8/7: Cottage Grove Speedway: Championship Weekend Racing begins at 6 pm. The track is located at 2150 N. Douglas Ave. (next to WOE Fairgrounds)
For more information: www.cottagegrovespeedway.com or call 541.942.7561 or visit Facebook page
Racing Classes: Late Models, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA SportMods, Street Stocks, Limited Sprints-Winged & IMCA Sport Compact
Bohemia Gold Mining Museum, 308 S. 10th St. (Red Barn across from Bohemia Park), Fridays & Saturdays, 1-4 pm
CG Historical Museum, Birch Avenue & H Street, Saturdays & Sundays, 1-4 pm
Oregon Aviation Museum, 2475 Jim Wright Way (across from Cottage Theatre), Tuesday-Friday, 10 am-4 pm
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.
WEEKLY BINGO GAMES Food & drinks available for purchase at each venue.
WED: Elks Bingo, Wednesdays, Elks Lodge, 775 N. River Rd. Doors & Lounge open at 5 pm. Early Bird Bingo begins at 6:30 pm, (packs $3 for first & $1 for additional packs per person). Regular games begin at 7 pm (first packs $5 and $9 for additional packs).
FRI: American Legion Post 32, 5-7 pm, Temporarily meeting at VFW Post Cards: 50-cents. Payout is 80% per game
SAT: VFW Post 3473, 3-5 pm, 3160 Hillside Dr. Cards: 50-cents Dabbers available to use or buy. No bills over $20 accepted. Payout is 80% per game
Covered Bridge Brewing Weekly Events, 926 E. Main St., (541) 649-1419 Outdoor events so dress warmly. Family & Pet Friendly venue
THU: Trivia Night, 6-8 pm Test your knowledge with trivia hosted by Elliot Martinez. Teams up to 6 people. Absolutely no phones! Prizes include Covered Bridge Brewing Group gift cards and other goodies.
Village Green Resort Fireside Room Performers This Week, 725 Row River Rd., 541.942.2491 (No Cover Charge) Call for performer information
■ CLASSES & WORKSHOPS
LCC Cottage Grove Center: For class information call 541.463.4202 or visit: www.lanecc.edu/cottagegrove
South Lane School District Update: The plan is for all students to return to a full-day, full-week schedule this fall.
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
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 information send email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: https://www.singingcreekcenter.org
Lane County 4-H Enrollment Open to youth 4th Grade thru 19-year-olds. For more information and enrollment forms go to: www.extension.oregonstate.edu/4h/lane/get-involved.
Local Weekday Youth Program: Mondays 6:30-8 pm: Living Faith Assembly Royal Rangers is a faith-based scouting program for youth K-12 at 467 S. 10th St. Call 541.942.2612 for more information.
■ COMMUNITY MEALS & FOOD GIVEAWAYS:
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
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. Take Out only available.
Meals on Wheels Home Deliveries Call 541.682.3353 for information on the program
Hope in The Grove Baptist Church, 5:30-6:30 pm, 77820 Mosby Creek Rd. Free To-Go Meals
Elks Club Friday Night Dinner, 5-7 pm, 755 N. River Rd. Menu: Steak (cooked to order), Baked Potato, Green Beans, Salad & Dessert $10
VFW Biscuits & Gravy Breakfast 8-10 am, VFW Hall, 3160 Hillside Dr. Cost: $5 Menu: Biscuits & Gravy with Sausage Links
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 09/21: South Lane County Climate Community Virtual Conversation, 6-7:30 pm Lane County Climate Strategist Mark Nystrom and Haley Case Scott, Grassroots Organizer for Beyond Toxics and the NAACP Eugene Springfield give a brief presentation about Lane County’s approach to as it pertains to rural Oregon followed by an opportunity for questions, feedback & discussion. For more information contact Mark Nystrom at email@example.com To register for the virtual event go to: https://bit.ly/3snEyb6
WED 09/22: South Lane Mobile Crisis Response Community Virtual Conversation, 4-5:30 pm An initial discussion to better understand the community’s current needs to improve response to behavioral health crisis situations in South Lane County. For more information contact Kayla Watford at Kayla.firstname.lastname@example.org
SAT 09/26: Volunteer Tree Planting , 9 am, Pine Meadows Campground, Cottage Grove Lake Wanna help? RSVP by calling the USACE Ranger Office at 541.942.5631
FRI 10/02: CG Speedway Trash Car Racing Racing begins at 6 pm. The track is located at 2150 N. Douglas Ave. (next to WOE Fairgrounds) For more information: www.cottagegrovespeedway.com or call 541.942.7561 or visit Facebook page.
SAT 10/03: CG Speedway Enduro 200 Racing begins at 6 pm. The track is located at 2150 N. Douglas Ave. (next to WOE Fairgrounds) For more information: www.cottagegrovespeedway.com or call 541.942.7561 or visit Facebook page.
MON-TUE 10/4-5: Pop Up Blood Drive, 8 am-4 pm (closed 1-2 for lunch), Elks Club, 755 N. River Rd. Appointment required. To schedule call Bloodworks at 800.398.7888 or at www.bloodworksnw.org No walk-ins, guests, or people younger than 16-years-old
■ VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Humane Society Thrift Store needs volunteers to help staff the This-N-That store at 33 N. 8th St. If you love animals and you’re a people person, stop by and pick up an application. Shop's Winter Hours 10 am-4 pm
Community Sharing Pantry Front Counter & Food Box Delivery Drivers For additional information contact Glenn Trujillo Pantry Manager at 541-942-2176 or email: email@example.com
Cottage Grove Community Medical Center Hospital Auxiliary Please visit the Front Desk Monday-Friday between 8:30 am -3:30 pm for an application.
Genealogical Library needs volunteers to assist visitors seeking information on specific people. Hours: Wed-Fri, 1-4pm. For more information call 541.942.9570.
Community Shower Trailer needs volunteers to expand its availability during the week. For more information call Community Coordinator Teresa Cowan at 541-942-1185 ext 2.