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Thanks for all the summer support

Hello neighbors,

The concert for the White Oak Savanna (Friday) night was a fun evening with, as one attendee wrote to me (Friday) night, 'inspired music' and 'people having a wonderful time.' … We grossed slightly over $600 and we want to thank everyone who came and those who could not but donated a ticket for someone else. Ten tickets were donated and that just goes to show how generous our community is, even when times are tough for so many people.

John Nilsen donated his musical talents to the event and was amazing. We also want to thank Molly at Ribera Winery for two cases of their finest wines; Hungry Howie's Pizza; Subway; Costco; Albertson's; Ann C. for 10 dozen delicious homemade cookies; Starbucks; the Savanna Oaks Neighborhood Association; and all of the great volunteers who helped to make it such a nice event.

We are happy to announce that we had an appointment with the buyers at Spirit Mountain Casino in Grand Ronde and their beautiful lodge will be selling our White Oak Savanna jewelry very soon.

They gave us an order on the spot and we will be replacing their stock as it sells. This is big news for us.

We also have White Oak Savanna hats and T-shirts in forest green or royal blue now for $15. Just email if you would like one.

It has been a great summer for fundraisers and I want to thank you all for helping us to raise about $3,600. This will be put to very good use in our Computers for Kids program and in the continuing restoration of the White Oak Savanna. We need to show the funding sources that may help us acquire the almost six acres remaining, that we take our stewardship of this rare and beautiful natural park and wildlife habitat very seriously. But, we sure know how to have fun while doing it.

The NW Youth Corps is coming out for another week of work on the Savanna (which began on) Monday. Honk and give 'em a thumbs up when you drive by if you see these hard-working young people. They will have an educational component to their work, as always. This week they will visit the Fiala farm. They will also have Dr. Rick Mishaga, a Ph.D. biologist, tell them about his field work in the area and his finding over 100 species of vertebrate animals that spend some time at the White Oak Savanna.

Thanks again.

Roberta Schwarz is a West Linn resident and a founder of Neighbors for a Livable West Linn.

(Editor's note: Schwarz is referring to the John Nilsen piano concert at the West Linn Adult Community Center on Aug. 12 -which raised funds for the White Oak Savanna - and the Computers for Kids event on Aug. 5 - which raised funds for low-income households who aren't able to buy computers for children to use at home.)