■ COMMUNITY KUDOS
Yard of the Week Winner: 1306 N. 19th 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
Downtown Hanging Flower Baskets Donors & City Staff for colorizing Main Street last week for the beauty and enjoyment of residents and visitors all summer.
City & School District Staff & Downtown Cottage Grove for honoring members of the Class of 2021 by creating and hanging banners in Bohemia Park celebrating the achievements of graduates from CGHS, Kennedy High School, Academy of Character Education and Child’s Way. On June 17, the banners will be given to each student.
CG Police Department’s Newest Officer Derek Carlton starts work on June 1. Derek is a CGHS Grad who was employed in the Public Works Department prior to pursuing a new career in law enforcement. Best wishes, Derek!
■ COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS
COVID-19 Update: On May 11, Governor Brown established a vaccination threshold of 65% for counties to move to the Low Risk level and a statewide threshold of 70% vaccinations to remove the risk level matrix. On May 13, the Center for Disease Control issued new guidance lifting the mask and distancing requirements for fully vaccinated individuals. In a May 14 statement from Governor Brown she said, “Starting today, Oregon will be following this guidance, which only applies to fully-vaccinated individuals. That means Oregonians who are fully-vaccinated no longer need to wear masks or social distance in most public spaces.” For the Governor’s full statement visit her website at: https://coronavirus.oregon.gov
COVID-19 VACCINATION UPDATE
To find out the latest information on COVID-19 Vaccinations visit: www.covidvaccine.oregon.gov
COVID 19 City of Cottage Grove & McCoy's Pharmacy Weekly Vaccine Clinic , Fridays, 10 am-Noon at Bohemia Park Registration is required by calling 541.942.1185. Remember to bring insurance card to the vaccine clinic. Everyone 16+ and older is now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Lane County Public Health COVID Vaccine Pre-Registration Underway Sign up now at www.lanecounty.org to be notified by email when and where vaccines are available. For assistance contact the City’s Community Service Department at 541.942.1185.
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.
Local Small Business City Utility Assistance Grants: Businesses that were closed by order between March 1, 2020, to the present are eligible for up $1,000 in reimbursement of City utility bills paid while closed. Businesses restricted or impacted will be eligible for up to $400 reimbursement of City utility bills paid between March 1, 2020, and the present. For more information or application materials please visit: https://communitylendingworks.org/emergency-grants-cottage-grove/.
Be an Author Call for Submissions: The Cottage Grove Harpies, a local writers group, invite submissions from storytellers, essayists, and poets for the group’s upcoming anthology of South Lane County Authors in early 2022. Submission deadline: Aug 15 No submission fee. For more info: www.cgharpies.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
The City of Cottage Grove COVID-19 operational changes:
City Hall reopened to the public (appointment requested for issues that can't be done online)
Planning, Zoning & Building issues: Call 541.942.3340
Water or sewer service assistance: Call 541.942.3346
Library/Community Center Building remains closed.
Library Services: Call 541.942.3828 or email: email@example.com 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
24th Annual Yard of the Week Program (began May 7) To nominate a yard contact the City Manager’s Office at 541.942.5501 or the Chamber of Commerce Office at 541.942.2411
Unlawful Parking Warnings: The City’s Community Service Officers are putting warning citations on illegally parked vehicles parked past the allotted time. Beginning May 17, any vehicles found illegally parked will be issued a ticket.
Please Mow Your Grass: The City of Cottage Grove’s Hazardous Vegetation Enforcement begins on June 15. Fire season is coming so please mow your tall grass.
Lane-Douglas Connector New 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.
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.
Working Women’s Wednesday (5/26) 5:30-6:30 pm, Covered Bridge Brewing Group (Main & Hwy 99) A new event on the last Wednesday of the month that celebrates women and all they do in the community. Call Ruth Tracey at Magnolia Gardens (event sponsor) for more information at 541.942.0054.
"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 provides free notary service since local businesses that provide this service have not been able to do it due to COVID-19 restrictions. The notaries do not notarize anything that does not contain the notary block, Last Will and Testaments or anything that requires a witness. Call 541.942.5501 to make an appointment.
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
CG Police Department offers a $500 Reward for information leading to the arrest & conviction of graffiti vandals. Call 541.942.9145 ext. 1
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.
Statewide Eviction Moratorium Extended to June 30: With limited exceptions, landlords cannot evict renters for nonpayment or without cause until July. Renter protection is not automatic. Renters must fill out and sign a sworn declaration of financial hardship and provide it to the landlord. More info at www.lanecounty.org
SAVE THE BEES! Spring is here and bees are on the move. If you see a huge cluster of bees, call a beekeeper. Please do not call a bee exterminator please. The bees are not hostile. They have no eggs or honey to defend when you see them clustered on objects, they're stopping for a quick break. Please don't spray them! Contact a beekeeper and they will come out and take them! Swarms will soon be popping up across the state! They're just looking for new homes, let a beekeeper rehome them for you! Do a Google/Facebook search for local beekeepers.
Chamber of Commerce Visitor Information Center expands hours: Beginning April 1, the Center’s hours are Monday-Friday, 11 am-7 pm & Saturday-Sunday, 10 am-4 pm
Garage/Yard Sale Signs Reminder: They are prohibited in public rights-of-way but okay on private property. Option: List your sale on “Yard Sales” link on City’s website www.cottagegroveor.gov
Downtown Cottage Grove is hiring an Executive Director For more info and application instructions go to www.downtowncottagegrove.org
South Lane Wheels needs a driver! Part-time bus operator with a flexible work schedule for up to 32 hours per week. For more info & downloadable application go to: www.southlanetransit.com or call 541.942.0456
■ COMMUNITY FUNDRAISERS
Cottage Village Tiny House Project Seeks Matching Donations: A $50,000 Challenge Grant from the Storms Family Foundation helps the Cottage Village Coalition raise the final $155,000 to complete the 13 tiny home village on East Madison Avenue by this summer. (Nine cottages are now occupied.) Mail check or money order payable to Square One Villages to 15 N. Polk St. Eugene, OR 97402 (Put Cottage Village in memo line) To donate online go to: https://www.squareonevillages.org/cvc
CG Christian School Fundraiser: The school’s annual Christmas bazaar was canceled last year so students are selling See’s candy bars (milk & dark chocolate) for $2.50 each while supplies last at the UPS Store (next to Safeway). Community support from these two fundraisers will help subsidize tuition for students and provide for some of the school’s operational needs. To place your order call 541.942.3846.
Buster Keaton Mural Restoration Project Seeks Matching Donations: The Mural Committee hopes to complete the project to coincide with this year’s 95th anniversary of the movie’s release. Donations can be made by check or money order payable to the CG Historical Society and mailed to PO Box 142, Cottage Grove, OR 97424. Please note in the memo line the donation is for the mural project. For more information call Call Councilor Roberts at 541.942.0018 or Lloyd Williams at 541.942.1310
Bohemia Mining Days 2021 Celebration: Is moving downtown this year, July 17-18, to introduce the newest competition in the Slabtown vs. Lemati Feud: Mine Ore Cart Races. The COVID-19 cancellation of BMD 2020 creates a financial challenge to produce an event this summer. Send check or money order, payable to BMD, to PO Box 1297, Cottage Grove, OR 97424. To make debit/credit card online donation go to www.BohemiaMiningDays.org.
CG Humane Society Fundraising Match Opportunity: A generous donor offered a $500 matching donation. To help meet that match drop by the This-n-That Shop on N. 8th St. or mail it to PO Box 61, Cottage Grove, OR 97424
VFW Shooting Club Raffle Fundraiser, Prize is Diamond Back .223 caliber Rifle. Drawing Date: June 26. Ticket Prices: 1 ticket, $2; 3 tickets, $5; 7 tickets, $10 Call 541.942.7099 for more information
GoFundMe Fundraiser for Heather Bridgens: The beloved Bohemia Elementary School Principal and former CG High School English teacher has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. Garrett’s 47-year-old wife & mother of their four kids is a fighter and is receiving expensive treatment to prolong her life, but the insurance company says it is experimental and won’t pay for it. For details of the situation and to make a donation go to GoFundMe.com and search for “Help Heather Bridgens fight cancer”.
■ ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Art Walk Returns This Friday! (5/28) 6-8 pm, Historic Downtown District, Enjoy shopping, dining, art and music as the Historic Downtown District sidewalks come alive for this free monthly event bringing together artists, musicians and community to celebrate our talented, artistic and diverse population. Look for the flags outside participating businesses.
SAT 5/29: 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 & handcrafted products.
Cottage Theatre Update: CT remains closed as they complete their expansion project and can meet COVID-19 safety guidelines. They need your financial support to complete the expansion project. For donation information visit www.cottagetheatre.org or call 541.942.8001
Local Museums are open! Masks are required & social distancing guidelines are followed.
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.
CG Speedway: For more info call Heather at 541-729-8666. The track is located at 2150 N. Douglas Ave. (next to the WOE Fairgrounds) Racing begins at 6 pm. General Admission Prices: Adults - $15; Juniors, Seniors, & Military - $12; Youth 6-12 - $5; 5 & Under – Free Tickets are limited due to COVID-19 restrictions and can be purchased in advance at www.cottagegrovespeedway.com All events can be seen live with pay per view at www.dirtovaltv.com
Cottage Grove High School Home Games This Week: THURSDAY, MAY 27
4:15 pm - Boys JV Basketball vs. Elmira
5:45 pm - Boys Varsity Basketball vs. Elmira
7:15 pm - Girls Varsity Basketball vs. Elmira
WEEKLY BINGO GAMES Masks required, temperatures taken at the door & COVID-19 safety protocols are followed. 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, 826 W. Main St. 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
SUN: Covered Bridge Brewing Group, 1-3 pm, Main & Hwy 99. Cards: 50-cents & $1 blackout
Covered Bridge Brewing Weekly Events, 926 E. Main St., (541) 649-1419 Outdoor events so dress warmly. Family & Pet Friendly venue
TUE: Karaoke Night, 6-10 pm Presented by Caught in the Act Entertainment
WED: “Un-plugged” Acoustic Music, 6-8 pm Check Facebook page for weekly performer
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.
SAT: Karaoke Night, 6-10 pm Presented by Caught in the Act Entertainment
SUN: Bingo, 1-3 pm Presented by Brewers Guild Cards: 50-cents & $1 blackout
Village Green Resort Fireside Room Performers This Week, 725 Row River Rd., 541.942.2491 (No Cover Charge)
MON 5/24: Julie & Bobby (variety), 7-9 pm
TUE 5/25: Dave Bock (acoustic guitar), 7-9 pm
WED 5/26: Neil Gregory Johnson (folk), 7-9 pm
THU & FRI 5/27-28: Julie Nedele & The Haystacks (pop, rock, country, jazz), 6-9 pm;
SAT 5/29: Down Home Boys (country, blues, rock), 8-10 pm; SUN 6/30: Dave Bock (acoustic guitar), 7-9 pm
■ CLASSES & WORKSHOPS
LCC Cottage Grove Center: Winter 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 FREE CLASS: High school students graduating in 2021 or 2022 can take one tuition- free course during spring or summer term to jump-start their college education. ($480 savings on 4 credit course) Registration and a Tuition Waiver Request Form must received by the first day of the term (March 29 or June 21) For more information go to www.lanecc.edu/tuitionfreecourse or call Brenda at 541.463.3443. TUITION RATES for 2021-22: On March 17, the LCC Board set tuition at $126/credit. College officials hope the federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II will offset the need for an additional $10 emergency fee per credit.
South Lane School District Update: All grades have now transitioned to the District’s hybrid learning model and will continue in that model for the remaining six weeks of the school year. The plan is for all students to return to a full-day, full-week schedule next fall.
Mask Policy: Beginning May, 24, staff, students, and visitors will not be required to wear face coverings on campus while outside of the building. When students are on campus, face coverings are still eequired for everyone inside of the building.
2021-22 Budget Process Underway: The District is providing more information to be more transparent this year. It is a very complicated process with funding from many more sources with specific rules to use each fund. The money cannot be used to replace the District’s general fund money that has been spent.
Free Summer Program (KITS) for pre-kindergartners: Call 541-942-4967 for more information.
New to SLSD? Complete an online registration. Upload or bring to the school, your child’s Immunization Records, Birth Certificate, and Go Home Plan. Have questions? Call your child’s school office.
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. Summer Camps are filling up fast! Save The Date: Saturday, October 2 at CG Armory for The Green Living Fair”. For more information send email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: https://www.singingcreekcenter.org Check out the new Opal Whiteley video on their website.
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 Programs:
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.
Wednesdays 6:30-8 pm: CG Bible Church AWANA Program offers a fun program for children, ages 3 years through 6th grade, that includes games, Bible memory, refreshments and Bible lessons. The church is located at 1200 E. Quincy Ave. Call 541.942.4771 for more information.
■ MEETINGS (If your organization meets virtually or in-person and wants to be listed here send email to email@example.com)
TH 5/13: Rotary Club Virtual Meeting at Noon To participate in the meeting call 541.554.6946
■ 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
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.
■ SPECIAL EVENTS THIS WEEK
TUE 5/25: Tuesday Library in the Park: 11 am- 1pm Bohemia Park Pavilion This new weekly event includes a StoryWalk and allows participants to meet library staff, get library cards, and check out materials. Masks, social distancing and using gloves to handle materials are required.
SAT 5/29: South Valley Farmers Market from 11 am-3 pm on South 7th Street between Main and Washington Avenue.
■ MARK YOUR CALENDAR
▪ MON 5/31: Memorial Day Holiday
TUE 6/01: State-based Universal Health Care Act Rally, 5 pm, Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza, 799 Oak St. Eugene Hosted by the Lane County Chapter of Health Care for All Oregon & HCAO-Action with speeches by legislation sponsors. For more information contact Charlie Swanson,firstname.lastname@example.org 541.852.8851
VFW Last Friday Community Dinner for the season , 4-6 pm at 3160 Hillside Dr. MENU: Entree, soup, salad, dessert and coffee or tea for $9 Sodas are $1 extra. Soup, salad and dessert only available for $5. A hot dog meal for kids includes chips, fruit cup, and juice box. June 4 Entree: Salisbury Steak
Wednesdays, June 23-Aug 25: Bohemia Park Summer Concerts For a list of performers visit the Cottage Grove Area Chamber of Commerce website www.cgchamber.com or call 541.942.2411
SAT 6/05: Oregon Gran Fondo Cycling Event, 8:30 am, Staging is at the Armory “The Gran Daddy of all Cycling Days”
FRI-SUN 6/11-13: Carousel Annual Rummage Sale, Friday & Saturday, 9 am-4 pm & Sunday, 10 am-2 pm W.O.E. Fairgrounds, 2000 N. Douglas Ave. To donate items and support the carousel, call Ellen at 541.674.9228.
SAT 6/19: Mayor’s Annual Bike Ride, 10 am, Row River Trail Mayor Jeff Gowing invites individuals and families to join him for a bicycle ride from Trailhead Park (10th & Main) to the Mosby Creek Trailhead. Cyclists enjoy treats at the Mosby Creek Trailhead and can return to the City or continue on the trail.
SAT 6/26: Wings & Wheels, 9 am-4 pm, Oregon Aviation Historical Museum, 2475 Jim Wright Way Admission $5 (12-year-olds and younger free) For more info: www.OregonAviation.org
SAT 6/26: VFW Post 3473 Freedom Festival & Car Show, 11 am-4 pm, 3160 Hillside Dr. Features fun, food & cars. Vendors and car owners call 541.942.7099 for additional information
SAT 6/26: The Life & Times of Opal Whiteley Guided History Tour, Noon-2 pm, Begins at historic Dr. Snapp House, 360 South River Rd. A fundraiser for the Singing Creek Educational Center with Tour Guide & Opal Expert Steve Williamson. Cost: $10 per adult, free for youth 15-years-old and younger
■ 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
WOE Fair needs volunteers to produce this year’s event, Aug 20-22. Contact: www.westernoregonexpo.com