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Join conversation on accessibility

Washington County residents are invited to lend their voices to a conversation about a collective vision for an accessible community. The event will take place Friday, Dec. 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Virginia Garcia Wellness Center, 1151 N. Adair St. in Cornelius.

Topics will include the needs of seniors and adults with disabilities; how to get help from the Oregon Department of Human Services; information on health insurance through Cover Oregon; and navigating services for young adults with disabilities.

Lunch will be provided, but reservations are encouraged by calling Sandra Castaneda at 503-846-3093.

Sonrise offers women’s self defense class

A free hands-on women’s self defense class will be offered Friday, Dec. 13 at Sonrise Church in Forest Grove.

The course will teach women to defend themselves in case of an attack. Learn to defeat punches, chokes, grabs, strikes, hair pulls and kicks against an assailant of any size.

The class will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Forest Grove Sonrise campus, 2835 19th Ave.

December ‘good deal’ month at state parks

Officials at the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department are billing December as a “good deal month” at state parks. From now through Dec. 31, visitors and gift-givers can save $5 on 12-month day-use parking permits. Parking fees are required at 26 Oregon state parks, and cost $5 per day, unless you have a 12- or 24-month pass.

The 12-month pass is on sale for $25 (they’re regularly $30) in December.

The Oregon Coast Passport — a multi-agency product valid at state parks, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service sites along the Oregon Coast — is on sale for $30 (regularly $35) this month as well.

Permits, passports and gift certificates can be purchased by calling the Oregon State Parks Information Center at 1-800-551-6949. For details, visit oregonstateparks.org.

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