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Proposed Tualatin Valley Bikeway gets hearing

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department will hold a public meeting for a proposed scenic bikeway at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, in the Forest Grove Community Auditorium, 1915 Main St. The proposed 50-mile-long Tualatin Valley Bikeway passes through Hillsboro, Forest Grove, Banks and L.L. Stub Stewart State Park. Information on the designation process for proposed scenic bikeways is available at oregonscenicbikeways.org. Public comment on the recommended bikeway will be taken at the meeting. Written public comment will be accepted both before and after the meeting until the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission acts on the proposed designation. Comments will be reviewed by the route proponents and included in the information presented to the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission before the commission votes on designation. For more information, contact Phillips at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or write to: Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, 725 Summer St. N.E., Suite C, Salem, OR 97031.

Grand Lodge ceases movie showings

McMenamins Grand Lodge in Forest Grove ceased showing movies in its Compass Room Theater on Dec. 1, property manager Clyde Fulkerson said Thursday. "Unfortunately, the theater just wasn't supporting itself," he said, adding that the company is keeping open the possibility of film festivals in the venue. For now, though, the space will be available for private and special events, Fulkerson said.

County libraries seek artwork

Calling all teens: Washington County libraries are looking for artwork. The 2013 Washington County Cooperative Library Services Teen Summer Reading Artwork Contest is open now until Feb. 15.

This year’s theme is “Beneath the Surface” and the winning design will be used countywide for all WCCLS summer-reading program materials. The first-prize winner will receive a $150 gift card to Powell's book store; second place will win a $50 gift card to Blick Art Materials store; honorable mention will get a $25 gift card to Blick Art Materials.

Entrants must be 12 to 18 years old at the time of submission. Hard copies of entrees should be submitted to one of the WCCLS libraries by Feb. 15 along with an entry form and signed copy of the rules. One individual can submit up to two drawings and the winner will be announced March 15.

For more details and an entry form, visit www.wccls.org/teen-art-contest.

School board tries book club

The Forest Grove School Board has formed an unofficial book group and will discuss “Schools Cannot Do It Alone” by Jamie Vollmer at its Jan. 28 board meeting.

Board members heard Vollmer, a nationally known speaker, at the Oregon School Board Association conference in November and chose the book on the strength of his talk.

“It’s a great book. I’ve read it,” said District Communications Director Connie Potter, who bought it three years ago after hearing Vollmer speak.

The book should complement the board’s new, detailed strategic plan and its focus on parent engagement and communication, Potter said.

Members will come to the regular Jan. 28 meeting prepared to talk about three ideas or stories from the book that struck them.

Cornelius Library Board meets to discuss fundraising

The Cornelius Library Board will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3 at the library, 1355 N. Barlow St. On the agenda is a discussion of the library's strategic plan, including progress on a facilities plan and a capital campaign toward a new library building. Citizens are invited to the public meeting.

Forest Grove gets 'Ready to Read'

The Forest Grove City Library received a $3,056 Ready to Read Grant from the State Library, which administers the grant money from the state's general fund. The grant will provide books and educational materials for the Early Childhood Discovery Times and Baby/Toddler Times programs, as well as an instructor for a baby/toddler signing class. It will also fund staff for bilingual preschool storytimes and transportation to improve attendance at all programs.

Grant money will also help train parents and childcare providers in research-based early literacy curriculums. It will help promote the summer reading program and buy some of the award books for children who reach their summer reading goals.

The Ready to Read Grant program aims to help local libraries improve early childhood learning and development, particularly with under-served populations.

This is the third time since the state legislature started the program in 1993 that Forest Grove's library has been chosen among the four or five annually awarded Ready to Read grants.

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

The nationwide campaign to crack down on drunk or drugged drivers during the holidays, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, officially ends Jan. 2, although Oregon State Police and other law enforcement organizations urge everyone to lend their ongoing support to such efforts. In addition to drinking — and hosting — responsibly, friends can designate a sober driver for their group and report impaired drivers to either 9-1-1 or to the Oregon State Police at 1-800-24DRUNK (1-800-243-7865).