60 Years of conservation to be celebrated

McMINNVILLE— The Yamhill Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) will host Owen Wozniak, project manager for The Trust for Public Land (TPL), as the featured speaker at its annual dinner. Wozniak has been a partner in one of the district’s recent projects to establish a conservation easement on the Koelling Property near Yamhill. A silent auction begins at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the McMinnville Community Center, with the dinner and featured speaker to follow.

AHA Heartsaver, first-aid, CPR and AED classes set

For anyone with limited or no medical training who needs a course completion card in first-aid, CPR and AED to meet a job or other regulatory requirements, one will soon be available. Physical participation is required in order to pass. Competent completion of the course earns the student a two-year certification card. Students will be taught first-aid basics, medical emergencies and injury emergencies. The class is for ages 12 and up. Steve Hamilton will be teaching the 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. course Nov. 16 in the White Oak Room at the Chehalem Park and Recreation District headquarters, 125 S. Elliott Road. For more information or to register, visit or call 503-537-2909.

Oregon Humanities call for submissions

All Oregonians are being invited to submit an essay or article for Oregon Humanities magazine’s spring 2013 issue on the theme “Me.” Potential contributors should visit ­ to review the guidelines and call for submissions, and to familiarize themselves with the publication. Proposals or drafts are due by Nov. 18 by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by mail to Kathleen Holt, Editor, Oregon Humanities magazine, 813 SW Alder St. Suite 702, Portland, OR 97205.

New traffic controllers and timing upgrades

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), in conjunction with the city of Newberg, installed new traffic signal controllers along Highway 99W last week. Along with controller upgrades, ODOT has updated the signal timing system. Before the change, pedestrians would see a walk signal during the day without pushing the pedestrian button. Now, pedestrians must push the button to see a walk indication.

City of Newberg seeks volunteers

The city of Newberg is looking for applicants to serve on a number of committees and commissions. There are multiple positions still available. The budget committee has four vacancies, the Citizens Rate Review Committee has three openings, the planning commission has three vacancies and the Traffic Safety Commission has four positions open. Terms will run from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2016. Applications are being accepted until 4:30 p.m. Nov. 4 at city hall.

Friends of Yamhill County slates meeting, dinner

McMINNVILLE — Friends of Yamhill County, an offshoot of 1000 Friends of Oregon, will hold a meeting on agri-tourism and land use and will feature guest speaker Mike Brandt, planning director for Yamhill County. Socializing begins at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 4 with dinner and a meeting to follow at Community Plate. Dinner is $18. Email dinner reservations to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Coping with the holidays, the loss of a loved one

“Get me through the Holidays: 10 Strategies for Coping with Loss,” is a one-hour presentation to help those who are grieving discover practical and meaningful ways to cope during the holidays. Coping strategies can be used for personal holidays, such as birthdays and anniversaries. The event is scheduled for 10 to 11 a.m. Nov. 9 at Providence Newberg Medical Center in the Dundee/Sherwood conference rooms.

Due to room capacity, registration is appreciated. For more information or to register, call Anne Kister at 503-215-4636 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Rare Plant Watch Program to be introduced

McMINNVILLE — Erin Gray, co-chairman of the Native Plant Society of Oregon’s (NPSO) rare and endangered plants committee and an ecologist for the Institute for Applied Ecology, will soon introduce the NPSO’s Rare Plant Watch program. Learn about how to become involved in citizen science and conservation through searching for and documenting rare Oregon plants. The event begins at 7 p.m. Nov. 21 in the Carnegie Room in the McMinnville Public Library.

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