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Living History Tour group set to celebrate centennial

The Willamette Living History Tour group will be presenting a life skit of the history of Willamette at the next West Linn Centennial Heritage Series on May 12. The monthly series, which occurs on the second Sunday of each month, is free and begins at 3 pm. Willamette, which was incorporated as its own town in 1908, was annexed by the city of West Linn in 1916 because of water needs. The town of Willamette Falls was platted in 1893 by Nicholas Walden, working on behalf of the Willamette Falls Electric Company, which wanted to create an electrified town for its employees working at its electrical generating plant at the falls. The name of the town was later shortened to Willamette. An electric trolley transported workers between Willamette and the falls.

The Living History Tour group presents the annual Willamette Living History Lantern Light Tour, an opportunity to experience life in the early years of Willamette. This year's tour on Sept. 21 is being rewritten to take place in 1913 to honor the centennial of the city of West Linn.

Attend ice cream social at Marylhurst Heights Park

The Marylhurst Neighborhood Association announced that it will celebrate Phase II of the Marylhurst Heights Park completion with an ice cream social on June 15

from 2-to-4 p.m.

With the dinosaur-themed splash pad complete, MNA invites the citizens of West Linn to “Splash Back in Time” and explore the park’s unique amenities. Huge dinosaur “bones” have been “excavated” for use as fountains, and “fossils” can be found on the climbing walls in the play area.

Special guest speaker Robert Moore, founder of Linn City in 1843, will be present to speak about the events and people in the falls area during the time period 1840 to 1857. The role of Mr. Moore will be performed by Larry McIntyre, former mayor of West Linn. Live music is also scheduled.

MNA invites attendees to bring a blanket and picnic lunch to celebrate the start of summer. Parking is limited. Visitors are encouraged to walk or ride bicycles.

Phase II development of Marylhurst Heights Park included completion of the splash pad, two gazebos, and restroom facilities. The nature-inspired play area, wetland restoration, and West Linn’s first labyrinth are also unique celebrated features. Marylhurst Heights Park is located at 1800 Valley View Drive.

Marylhurst Neighborhood Association meetings are held the Fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the West Linn Adult Community Center at 1180 Rosemont Road.

For more information about this event or to volunteer, contact Doanne Brown at 503-675-1928 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Take an online survey regarding West Linn aquatic center

The city of West Linn wants opinions about a proposal to build a recreation and aquatic center or outdoor pool.

Take a few minutes to complete an eight-minute online survey by clicking the following link: secure3.surveynetwork.com/wire/29713116/web/main.php?projectpin=yo3q148cwt&pin=15536735

Individual responses are confidential. The city will share the combined results from this survey with members of the community.

Email Kirsten Wyatt, assistant city manager, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (503) 657-0331 with any questions.

Visit West Linn Garden Club's annual plant sale

The West Linn Garden Club is holding its annual plant sale Saturday, May 11, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hammerle Park in West Linn. Hammerle Park is on the corner of Highway 43 and Lewis Street (1505 Lewis Street) next to Bolton Primary School. Plants sold are from members' gardens, and donated plants and shrubs from local nurseries will also be for sale. "Strawberry carriers" will be available. Questions? Call Elaine at 503-655-3044.

Volunteer at Safety Town program

The West Linn Parks and Recreation Department is now accepting volunteer applications, through the Human Resources Department, for the popular Safety Town program, scheduled for June.

The city of West Linn is recruiting for volunteers to work in the Safety Town Camp program sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Department. Volunteers must be at least 13 years old and are a vital part of the success of Safety Town.

Volunteers for Safety Town must be available for a six-day commitment, including one day of training/setup. Camp dates are June 24 to 28. West Linn Safety Town will be held at Sunset Firehall, 2215 Long St.

Safety Town teaches children ages 4 to 6 how to handle hazards and dangerous situations. Under the guidance of West Linn recreation staff and community resource personnel, volunteer leaders introduce campers to a variety of safety concepts with special emphasis on traffic and pedestrian safety.

The program consists of guest presenters, classroom instruction, craft projects and songs. For more information, contact West Linn Parks and Recreation at 503-557-4700 or visit westlinnoregon.gov/parksrec/west-linn-parks-recreation-seeks-teen-volunteers-safety-town.

Library to hold used book sale

The Friends of the Library are holding a used book sale May 18 and 19 from noon to 4:30 p.m. in the teen room at the West Linn Public Library, 1595 Burns St.

Voting now open for movies in the park

The city of West Linn is offering free movies on Friday evenings throughout the city in July and August. Movies start at dusk and families are welcomed into the parks (various locations) to enjoy picnics, popcorn and movies. This event is professionally planned and managed by the West Linn Parks and Recreation Department. Sponsorship opportunities are available for this program.

Movies are democratically selected using online polling and now is the time to vote. The movies with the most votes will be announced on June 1. To vote, visit westlinnoregon.gov/MoviesinthePark/vote.

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.

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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