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Beginning campers invited on overnighter

L.L. Stub Stewart State Park is inviting beginning campers to join in an overnight guided camping excursion July 31 to Aug. 2 as part of the statewide “Let’s Go Camping” program hosted by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD).

Stub Stewart is just 34 miles west of Portland, and is home to an 18-hole disc golf course and 25 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails that highlight its 1,800 acres of forest glades, streams and wildflowers.

For $30 per family, OPRD provides tents, sleeping bags and other gear for those interested in learning more about camping. Volunteers will help campers set up tents, build campfires, prepare meals in the campsite and more. Activities could include ranger-led hikes, introduction to disc golf and plenty of s’mores.

Let’s Go Camping programs are scheduled throughout the state through Labor Day weekend. Participating campgrounds are listed at oregonstateparks.org (Click on “Things to Do”). Registration is required. Register online or by calling 888-953-7677.

‘Envision North Plains’ meeting set Tuesday

An Envision North Plains Steering Committee meeting scheduled for last Thursday, July 16, has been changed to 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 28, at the Washington County Fire Hall, 31370 N.W. Commercial St.

The committee was established to direct public outreach for North Plains’ community visioning process.

Care home owner seeks to reinstate family meals

Todd Barth is on a mission to see more families share sit-down Sunday dinners with their senior loved ones. The reason? New research shows that 50 percent of surveyed families living near senior relatives feel they do not share enough meals with older loved ones, losing an important family connection.

“For seniors, it’s not what’s on their plate that matters most at mealtime — it’s who is at the table with them,” said Barth, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office in Hillsboro. “When seniors share meals with a companion, they have a better mealtime experience, both nutritionally and emotionally.”

Almost 75 percent of the people surveyed said they only sit down for a family meal with senior loved ones for special occasions, events or holidays. They say a big part of the problem is time — not having enough of it and conflicting schedules.

To encourage families to make time for these meals, the Home Instead Senior Care Foundation has pledged to donate $1 to Meals on Wheels America (up to $20,000 total through July 31, 2015) for each person who commits to regularly scheduling family dinners at SundayDinnerPledge.com.  

To learn more, call Home Instead Senior Care at 503-530-1527.