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March Ladies at the Legislature is set

Ladies at the Legislature, a brown bag lunch series created to engage women with government at the Oregon State Capitol, will feature Sen. Jackie Winters, R-Salem, at its Friday session.

Winters will talk about her role as ombudsman for former Oregon Govs. Tom McCall and Victor Atiyeh. The nonpartisan event is co-hosted by Rep. Julie Parrish, R-West Linn, and Sen. Betsy Close, R-Albany.

“We are so fortunate to have a speaker who has been so connected to Oregon’s history over the last 40 years,” Parrish said. “Senator Close and I are very excited to have Senator Winters share her story with the women who visit us at the Capitol for this event.”

Women from high-school age and older are invited to come to Salem and experience the legislative process alongside Parrish and Close. The invitation is neither district nor party-registration specific. The workshops are intended to engage and educate women about the functional side of Oregon government.

The event, which has drawn women from across Oregon, has included notable speakers including Secretary of State Kate Brown and Gov. John Kitzhaber.

The first hour includes a legislative activity such as attending a floor session or going on a Capitol tour. For the second hour, ladies are invited to bring their own lunch or buy one in the cafeteria and then engage in a roundtable discussion with a featured guest.

The workshops are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dates for this legislative session are: March 22, April 26, May 31 and June 21.

Questions and RSVPs can be directed to Parrish’s office at 503-986-1437 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Reserve your picnic space now

Picnic reservations in city parks are now open for both West Linn residents and non-residents.

Reservable areas are Hammerle Park shelter, Mary S. Young Park shelter, Sunset Park shelter, Tanner Creek shelter and Willamette Park shelter, gazebo and stage.

You may reserve park shelters for dates through Oct. 31.Reservations may be made by phone at 503-557-4700 or in-person at city hall, 22500 Salamo Road. Payment is required at the time of the reservation.

Join Tournament of Books

In the literary world, there’s no shortage of prizes and awards. Books may win a Pulitzer, a Man Booker or even a National Book Award.

The West Linn Public Library is holding its own contest — the 2013 Tournament of Books.

Sixty-four books have been selected, and throughout the month of March, they’ll be competing against each other for a chance to win.

Check out the bracket at dl.dropbox.com/s/ru1hqx2kdpzawgx/bracket.htm and follow all the tournament action on the library’s Facebook page at facebook.com/pages/West-Linn-Public-Library/153513568034372 starting March 19.

Follow the round-by-round tournament results, read expert commentary on selected matchups and share your comments with other readers.

Think you can predict the winners? Stop by the information desk at the library before Tuesday and let them know which books you think will make it to the final rounds.

Students, enter the If I Were Mayor contest

Students in ninth through 12th grade, imagine a West Linn where you are the mayor. Share your creative ideas about what you would do as mayor. 

Local winners are entered into a state contest for a chance to win a new laptop.  Students are encouraged to be creative and share their ideas using video or PowerPoint.  This contest is open to all high school students (grades nine-12) in West Linn.


• Submissions must be received by the city of West Linn by noon May 1.

• Submissions will become the property of the city of West Linn and the Oregon Mayors’ Association (OMA).

• Submissions may be posted on the social media networks for both entities.

• One entry will be selected by Mayor John Kovash as the city of West Linn’s official entry into the OMA contest.

• Statewide winners and their parents will be invited to attend the OMA summer conference in Corvallis on July 27 where they will be recognized at a special award luncheon.

Video or PowerPoint details:

• The video/PowerPoint contest is open to students enrolled in high school (grades nine-12) or home-schooled at the high school level for the 2012-2013 school year.

• Presentations must be one to three minutes in length.

• All presentations must be submitted via email or DVD to the city of West Linn by the May 1 deadline:

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., West Linn City Hall, 22500 Salamo Road, West Linn, OR 97068.

• Include the student’s name and an email address for the parent or guardian with the email or DVD.

• The winning submission must complete an OMA form after the mayor’s selection is made.

Curbside cleanup week is set

West Linn Refuse & Recycling will offer a free curbside cleanup day on regularly scheduled garbage pickup days during the week of April 1 through April 5.

Contact West Linn Refuse & Recycling for more information about this annual program offered to West Linn residents. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 503-557-3900.

City offers e-billing

The city of West Linn offers the convenience of free e-billing for utility customers. This option allows account holders to receive an email when their bills are available, with a link to a secure website where they can view their bills and pay online in one sitting.

When signing up, have your statement in front of you, as you will need to create an account using your utility account number and name as it appears on your bill. To register, visit smartbillcorp.com/oa/frmLogin.aspx?ws=westlinn.

If you would like to continue to receive your bills in the mail, but would like the option to view your bill online as well, you may still create an account. When prompted on how you would like to receive your statements, change the option to “mail.”

The city of West Linn encourages residents to opt for e-bills to reduce carbon footprints by eliminating the paper copy received each month.

Take Care of West Linn Day set

The West Linn Parks and Recreation Advisory Board’s mission for Take Care of West Linn Day is to promote the value of volunteerism and community pride by making available opportunities for community members to participate in projects to give back to their community and maintain the high quality of life in West Linn. The city’s goal is to facilitate a large number of projects throughout the West Linn led by community organizations. The city also promotes opportunities for individuals to join one of these projects and provides an after-event to recognize volunteers.

The next Take Care of West Linn Day is May 18 from 9 a.m. to noon. The appreciation picnic will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Mary S. Young State Park.

Each year the city has more than 20 different projects, located at more than 15 different sites, accomplished by more than 20 groups.

Your organization can still choose to organize your own project. The Parks and Recreation Department will help with identifying a project, planning your project, promoting your project to obtain additional volunteers and recognizing the effort of your volunteers.Let the city know if your organization is interested in participating in Take Care of West Linn Day in some form. Contact Ken Warner at 503-557-4700 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to set up group project or find more details.

Library helps with e-readers

Every second and fourth Wednesday you can drop in at the West Linn Public Library for free hands-on help with your e-reader and Library2Go. Please note the schedule below and come at the time designated for your particular device. You may be sharing your learning time with others, so arrive on time and be familiar with your device beforehand.

• 1 p.m. — Tablets and smartphones

• 2 p.m. — Non-tablet kindles

• 3 p.m. — All other non-tablet e-readers

Library staff can also help with:

• Getting started with Library2Go

• Finding, checking out, and downloading e-books

• Returning e-books early

• Transferring books to your device

The library is located at 1595 Burns St.

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