■ COMMUNITY KUDOS
Peggy Brown and TLC Kitchen Volunteers at Trinity Lutheran Church for their compassion and faithfulness to provide two community meals a week to those who depend on them. Since 1998, a cadre of 20 committed volunteers serves approximately 9,000 meals a year. Peggy estimates that by February, on the program’s 23rd anniversary, the total number of meals served will be approximately 195,000 meals! Due to COVID-19, the church will not be able to host the annual community Thanksgiving dinner this year, so it seemed an appropriate time to express our community’s thanks for their commitment to address hunger in our community with a little TLC!
■ COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS
Governor Brown’s statewide two-week “freeze” continues this week to reduce the rising COVID-19 cases in Oregon. The jointly issued travel advisory with Washington and California continues to require travelers from outside Oregon to self-quarantine for 14 days after arriving. All Oregonians are urged stay local for Thanksgiving. Everyone is urged to continue to wear a face mask when around others, wash hands regularly, maintain physical distance, limit social gatherings and stay home if sick.
The freeze will be in effect from Wednesday, November 18 to Wednesday, December 2.
It requires the following limitations:
Social get-togethers: both indoors and outdoors to no more than six people – total and no more than two households
Faith based organizations: Maximum of 25 people indoor or 50 people outdoors
Restaurants and bars: Take out & delivery service only
Gyms and fitness facilities, museums, indoor entertainment activities, indoor pools and sports courts - CLOSED
Outdoor recreational facilities, zoos, gardens, aquariums, outdoor entertainment activities and outdoor pools - CLOSED
Outdoor and indoor event venues - CLOSED
Grocery stores, pharmacies, retail stores & malls -75% capacity
Business owners encouraged to increase use of work from home as much as possible
Long-term Care facilities - PROHIBITED
The City of Cottage Grove will implement the following changes between Nov 16-Dec 4.
City buildings closed to the public (except Middlefield Pro Shop will have limited capacity)
Planning, Zoning & Building issues: Call 541.942.3340
Water or sewer service assistance: Call 541.942.3346
Library Services: Call 541.942.3828 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org for curbside pick-up of library materials. Access the library card catalog: www.cottagegrove.org/library. Computer access suspended
Meetings: No public in-building attendance for meetings Meeting link information is on City webpage: www.cottagegrove.org
Staffing: Some City staff will work from home to reduce risk of exposure & One City employee in City vehicles
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
Tree of Joy Applications Due by Nov 25, Three non-profit organizations: Be Your Best, Community Sharing & the Rural Organizing Project present this holiday gift program for Kids 18 and younger. Gift distribution will be Dec. 21 from 1-6 pm at Trinity Lutheran Church, 675 South 7th St. To apply call Community Sharing at 541.942.2176.
Toys for Tots: Local distribution date Sunday, Dec 13 from Noon-4 pm at the Harrison Avenue Fire Station The age limit for Lane County kids is 14-years and younger. To qualify the parent or guardian must show proof of Lane County residency, proof that the child lives with you and proof of the child’s age. Unlike the metro area sites, no tickets are required for the Cottage Grove distribution. For more info: https://eugene-or.toysfortots.org or call 541.600.4483 or 541.463.7297 or email: email@example.com or on its Facebook page
Bohemia School Staff “Santas” Seek Your Help! This annual effort is to ensure the less fortunate Bohemia students have presents under their Christmas tree. Their community call to action is for donations of new and unwrapped toys and clothes or gift cards that can be used to purchase these gifts. Call the school for more info: 541.942.3313
NO COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING DINNER THIS YEAR However… The annual Sixth & Gibbs Church Thanksgiving Day Community Breakfast will be available to-go from 7-9 am.
Eugene YMCA Child Care offered now at Latham School, School-age students can attend for half or full day on Monday-Friday from 7:30 am-5:30 pm. Fee: Half-Day, $540/mo & Full-Day, $725/mo Scholarships are available so no one is turned away. For specific info: firstname.lastname@example.org or 541.686.9622
South Lane School Board Vacancy: Applicants interested in appointment to the Position 5 seat thru June 2021. Must submit an application by Wednesday, Nov. 25 at 4 pm. In person, at 455 Adams Ave. or by email to email@example.com for details go to: www.slane.k12.or.us or call 541.942.3681 x121
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.
Recycling: For up-to-date information visit these two Facebook pages: Recycling in the Grove & EcoGeneration The next Plastics Recycling Take Back is Saturday, December 12 from Noon-2 pm at the CG Community Center, 700 E. Gibbs Ave.
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-4 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
City Leaf Pickup Dates: Nov 30-Dec 4, Dec 14-18 Leaves must be piled on the street in the parking area near the gutter, keeping the gutter and catch basins clear. Only leaves are allowed, do not bag the leaves. For more information about the leaf pickup program visit the City’s webpage.
Cottage Grove Historic Landmarks Commission Historic Renovation Grant The 2020-21 applications are due at the Public Works & Development Department by Dec 21. This program is designed to assist Historic Downtown business & property owners with needed historic renovations. All projects must be located within the National Register Historic District, and must be for exterior work. A total of $10,000 in City funds will be distributed between successful applicants. Typical grant awards are from $500 to $3,500. Each applicant must match this award at a 1:1 ratio. Projects must be complete by June, 2021.
Holiday 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)
■ ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Cottage Theatre Update: CT remains closed until large gatherings are permitted. They need your financial support to complete the expansion project on its mandated construction schedule that begins in early 2021. For donation information visit www.cottagetheatre.org or call 541.942.8001 CLOSED
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 CLOSED
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 CLOSED
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 CLOSED
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.
■ 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
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: email@example.com. Website: https://www.singingcreekcenter.org Check out the new Opal Whiteley video on their website. SCEC currently has a fundraiser for a video camera and wireless microphones on GoFundMe so they can adapt better to virtual learning. To contribute go to the www.gofundme.com look for the Video Camera for Singing Creek Center page.
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.
Lane County 4-H Enrollment Now underway for the 2020-21 school year. 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.
■ MEETINGS (If your organization meets virtually or in-person and wants to be listed here send email to firstname.lastname@example.org)
City Council, Monday, 7 pm, 400 E. Main St., City Hall Council Chambers, Virtual Public Participation
By phone: 866 899 4679 Access Code: 284-367-301
Agenda Topics: Two public hearings: #1 – Rezoning of 2.62 acres of vacant land on Gateway Blvd. from commercial tourist to residential commercial; #2 – Declaring surplus city-owned property on North M St. between Birch & Chestnut Avenues to allow sale of property to Community Sharing for the placement of a shower trailer; Appointment of council subcommittees to interview and recommend applicants for vacancies on the Budget Committee, VisionKeepers & Planning Commission, Historic Landmark Commission, & Urban Forestry Commission; Ratification of temporary Curbside Pickup Program to assist local restaurants during the “Two Week Freeze” on in-person dining at local restaurants; Discussion of creating a local option property tax exemption for nonprofit organizations creating low income housing projects; Councilor & Staff reports
■ SPECIAL EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS
11/26: Thanksgiving Breakfast at Sixth and Gibbs Church from 7-9 am. They will serve a to-go meal
11/27: Lights at The Village Green opens and runs through Dec 31 from 5-7 pm, 725 Row River Rd. Tickets are now on sale: Ages 11+ $5 & Under 10-year-olds get in free. The annual light display features thousands of beautiful lights, cozy fire pits, festive food and drinks, and more holiday merriment! COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed that limits the number of visitors and it is a cashless event. Note: The light display footprint will be smaller footprint than in past years. More info: www.villagegreenchristmas.com
11/28-29: Boy Scout Christmas Tree Sale, Sat & Sun, 11 am-5 pm, Safeway Parking Lot (near fuel station) Boy Scout Troop 140 offer fresh cut Christmas Trees on WEEKENDS ONLY thru Dec. 5 (while supplies last) All proceeds support activity and equipment costs for the year. The scouts will wear masks and practice social distancing while assisting tree buyers.
■ 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
TUESDAY: Trinity Lutheran Church, 5:15-6:15 pm (Doors open at 5 pm) FREE, Sixth & Quincy Ave. Take Out Only
TUE/WED: 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.
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 email@example.com for more information.
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
▪ 11/27: Lights at The Village Green opens and runs through Dec 31 from 5-7 pm, 725 Row River Rd. Tickets now on sale: Ages 11+ $5 & Under 10-year-olds get in free. The annual light display features thousands of beautiful lights, cozy fire pits, festive food and drinks, and more holiday merriment! COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed that limits the number of visitors and it is a cashless event. Note: The light display footprint will be smaller footprint than in past years. More info: www.villagegreenchristmas.com
12/04: Coast Fork Willamette Watershed Council Annual (Virtual) Soiree, Friday, 6 pm, via Zoom Tickets: Starting at $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Wine Wall, Dessert Dash, Silent Auction & more... Zoom link will be sent to attendees 3 days prior to event. For more info: www.coastfork.org
12/05: Jingle Rush 5K Run/Walk, Saturday, 9 am-7 pm, Begins & Ends on R Street behind CG High School Participation will be free, and the race will be held virtually throughout the day to ensure safe social distancing. To comply with restrictions aimed to curb the Coronavirus pandemic, this year’s Jingle Rush will begin on “R” Street just behind the Cottage Grove High School soccer field. Participants will be asked to stagger themselves out on the course, which will be well marked with directions and holiday fun and can be walked or run anytime between 9 am and 7 pm on Dec. 5. The course offers a loop of mostly paved roadways in surrounding neighborhoods, and Run CG Run would love to have you tag us and post your time and photos on Facebook and Instagram. All proceeds from the Rush will benefit Tree of Joy. More information is available at runcgrun.com, where donations to Trees of Joy can also be made.
12/5-6: Boy Scout Christmas Tree Sale, Sat & Sun, 11 am-5 pm, Safeway Parking Lot (near fuel station) Boy Scout Troop 140 offer fresh cut Christmas Trees on WEEKENDS ONLY thru Dec. 5 (while supplies last) All proceeds support activity and equipment costs for the year. The scouts will wear masks and practice social distancing while assisting tree buyers.
12/12: Christmas Gift Boutique: A Completely Hand-made Event, Sat, 9 am-4 pm, Shady Oaks, 77380 Hwy 99 S. Hosted by Bre and Judy Seiffert. For more information send email to: 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.
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.