Get involved at the city, county and state level. Opportunities abound for every interest and schedule.

n The city of Banks has four open positions on the Budget Committee, two openings on the Park, Recreation and Tree Board, and one opening on the Planning Commission.

n The city of Cornelius has openings on their Parks Advisory Board, the Public Works Advisory Board, the Community Oriented Policing Citizen Advisory Board, the Planning Commission, and Library Board. Apply by Nov. 22. Those interested may request further information by calling the city recorder at 503-357-9112. Applications are available at City Hall or online at

n The city of Forest Grove has openings on the Community Forestry Commission, Economic Development Commission, Historic Landmarks Board, Public Safety Advisory Commission, Parks and Recreation Commission, Library Commission and Planning Commission.

City officials are also looking for more volunteers to participate in their Adopt-a-Park program, which keeps the city’s parks and green spaces clean. Most recently, Becky Kramer of Urban Decanter Wine Shop and Samantha Swindler of the Forest Grove Leader joined the team and adopted Rogers Park, where they picked up trash, painted and raked this month, along with volunteers from Forest Grove’s Sonrise Church. For more information about the Adopt a Park Program, contact Kari Middleton at 503-992-3302 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

n The Gaston City Council needs one more member. Drop off letters of interest at 116 Front St. in Gaston or send it to P.O. Box 129, Gaston OR 97119.

n Washington County has several openings for community members in the following groups:

The Aging and Veteran Services Advisory Council reviews current programs and plans future ones.

The Behavioral Health Council identifies community needs, recommends funding priorities, and helps select and evaluate service providers.

The Homeless Plan Advisory Committee makes policy and budget decisions that affect the community’s housing and supportive services.

The Fair Board oversees the planning, preparation and production of the county fair.

For a complete list, visit

n The Washington County Reentry Council is looking for more members. It’s a community-based coalition of individuals, organizations and agencies that work together to help the incarcerated reintegrate into society. Members meet every other month, and the next meeting is Nov. 6. For more information, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

n At the youth level, students can submit artwork, poetry or prose for the Honoring Our Rivers project, an annual showcase of student writing and artwork focused on rivers and watersheds. Submit pieces, up to 500 words, by Jan. 31, 2014. Visit for complete guidelines and entry forms.

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