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Concert of love songs to benefit LOTSMA

Lake Oswego Transitional Shelter Ministries (LOTSM) is hosting Lots of Live, a benefit choral concert to be held at Christ Church Episcopal Parish, 1060 Chandler Road in Lake Oswego, at 2 p.m. Feb. 14. The concert will feature love songs performed by church choirs and local musicians.

A reception and silent auction will follow the performance. A freewill offering will be taken.

LOTSM is a combined ministry of Christ Church Episcopal, Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Parish, Christian Scientist Church, United Church of Christ, Lake Oswego United Methodist Church, Lake Grove Presbyterian Church and Riverwest. Its mission is to provide a safe, loving environment that enables families to transition out of homelessness.

Affordable Care Act deadline approaching

The Insurance Store NW reports that many people in Oregon do not understand the requirements, deadlines and penalties of the Affordable Care Act, and are unsure of where to turn for help.

Help with enrollment can come from an assister or agent. The advantages of going through an agent are that there is no cost; the agent is licensed by the State of Oregon; they are able to discuss deductibles, co-pays and prescription benefits on all health plans; they are experienced and knowledgeable about insurance and agents work with private and nonprofit groups and organizations, as well as state and federal entities.

This year, the deadline to enroll in a major medical health is Feb. 15. After that date, people will have to wait until Nov. 15 to enroll and will accrue penalties. There are a few exceptions, called Qualifying Life Events, which allow you to enroll after February. This include marriage or divorce, birth or adoption of a child, move, release from incarceration, change of income and loss of coverage, loss of job or a new job.

There are many factors that determine eligibility for assistance in paying the insurance premium including household size, tax filing status and income.

Help is available at no charge. To get help in Oregon and Washington, call The Insurance Store NW at 503-693-1186.

WL Parks needs volunteers for special events

West Linn Parks and Recreation Department is recruiting volunteers to help at its events. Those interested in helping should complete a special events volunteer form. Call 503-557-4700 for details.

State of the City event set for Jan. 26

West Linn Mayor John Kovash will deliver his annual State of the City address at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26 at the West Linn Public Library, 1595 Burns St.

All are welcome to attend, however RSVPs are requested. RVSP online at westlinnoregon.gov/stateofthecity.

Women Empowerment Project classes offered

Clackamas County Community Corrections will offer a free Women’s Empowerment Project (WEP) class series. The classes are specifically designed for women wanting to create healthy, violence-free lives. The 14-week class series is free.

Topics covered include the cycle of violence, coping mechanisms, effects of abuse on children, safety planning and more. The first class will be held from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Feb. 23.

Those interested in taking the WEP classes should contact Victim Services Program Coordinator Shannon Barkley at 503-655-8776 or email sbarkley@clackamas.us.

Share stories of adventures at Tryon Creek

Did you play, walk, hike, ride horseback or explore Tryon Creek before it became a state park in 1970?

The Friends of Tryon Creek State Natural Area (FTC) want to hear your stories. In celebration of its 45-year legacy of protecting Tryon Creek Natural Area in 2015, FTC will produce a historical video collection depicting the community’s share loved of the park throughout the years. The video, to be titled “Then & Now,” will be a compilation of submitted stories, photos, films and other memorabilia, which will take viewers back to explore four generations of park stories.

The video will premiere at FTC’s Trillium Gala, to be held March 14. Hosted by Lewis & Clark College, the event will feature a 1930s themed cocktail hour, gourmet dinner, raffle, auction and live music by the Stolen Sweets.  

Stories should be sent to Monica Smiley at Monica@tryonfriends.org by Feb. 15.

For more details, call Smiley at 503-636-4398.

Attend First Responders Ball

A First Responders Ball is planned to run from 6 to 11 p.m. Jan. 31 at the West Linn Adult Community Center, 1180 Rosemont Road in West Linn. The event is to honor first responders serving in the community. It is a family-friendly event.

Tickets are $45 each and include dinner, beverages and dancing to County Wide.

The event is organized by Alice Richmond. Reservations may be made by calling her at 503-723-0101.

Get free crapemyrtles from Arbor Day Foundation

Residents of Oregon can ring in the New Year with five free crapemyrtle trees by joining the Arbor Day Foundation during January.

The free trees are part of the nonprofit Foundation’s Trees for America campaign.

The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting, between Feb. 1 and April 30, with enclosed planting instructions. The 6- to 12-inch tall trees are guaranteed to grow, or they will be replaced free of charge.

Members will also receive a subscription to the Foundation’s colorful bimonthly publication, “Arbor Day,” and “The Tree Book,” which includes information about tree planting and care.

To receive the free trees, send a $10 membership contribution to 5 Crapemyrtles, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, Neb., 68410, by Jan. 31. Oregon residents can also join online at arborday.org/january.

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