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Great Outdoor Adventure set to return this summer

Great Outdoor Adventure will be offered again in 2014, the West Linn Parks and Recreation Department announced.

This outdoor and nature-based community overnight camp will be held at Mary S. Young State Park Aug. 16-17.

The event is designed to provide local families the opportunity to camp and learn about the outdoors right in West Linn.

In 2013 the event included a campsite, outdoor and nature education opportunities, interactive activities, a movie on the big screen, a camp fire, night hikes, contests and a light breakfast on Sunday.

In 2014, the city is looking to expand both the outdoor activities and educational opportunities.

Take part in Martin Luther King Jr. day of service

A Martin Luther King Jr. day of service is set for Jan. 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Robinwood Garden, 3706 Cedaroak St., West Linn. The general garden cleanup includes sheet mulching, weeding, invasive plant removal, etc. Indoor space is also reserved for for inside projects.

For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 503-201-6389.

Enter T-shirt design contest

Stafford Trails representatives are looking for local artists to create a distinctive, recognizable original T-shirt logo for the Stafford Trails project to connect people with the Stafford Hamlet through a system of multi-use trails.

The Stafford Trails aims to connect residents with rural life, wildlife, pastoral open spaces and natural habitats.

Entries should use images, shapes and original design to graphically represent how trails connect people to the character of the Stafford Hamlet. The Stafford Trails Committee recognizes that clustered housing development can help maintain connection with nature. See the Stafford Hamlet website for full vision statement.

Guidelines:

• Entries can be submitted by students in grades kindergarten-12

• Original artwork with up to three colors

• 81?„2 by 11 format

Prizes: $100 gift card for first place, $50 gift cards for second, third and fourth place.

Entries can be sent to 410 S. Bergis Road, Lake Oswego, OR 97034.

The deadline for entry submission has been extended to Jan. 31.

Master Recycler course registration opens

The regional Master Recycler course is making its annual visit to Clackamas County this spring. The course provides an opportunity to learn about recycling and thoughtful consumption — and then use that knowledge to make a difference in the community.

The eight-week class, offered only three times a year in the Portland region, meets once a week in the evening and twice on Saturdays for half-day field trips. The spring 2014 session begins April 2 and runs for eight consecutive Wednesdays at the Clackamas County Development Services Building, 150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City. There are two Saturday field trips. Registration is now open.

Applications are being accepted through noon, March 5. There is a $50 fee to cover course materials, and limited scholarships are available. For more details or to apply, go to masterrecycler.org or call 503-545-8976.

The regional Master Recycler Program is administered by the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and sponsored by Metro, the city of Portland, Clackamas County, Washington County, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and Recycling Advocates.

For more information, contact Sherri Dow at 503-742-4463 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Parrish re-elected state director with Women in Government

Rep. Julie Parrish (R-West Linn) was re-elected as a 2014 state director with Women in Government by her fellow state legislative colleagues this past year.

Elected state directors work to keep other elected women officials in both parties apprised of best practices in state government across a variety of legislative issues ranging from education to health care and energy policy.

“By sharing best practices, and frankly, even the failures, from other states, participating in Women in Government has been a great opportunity to meet with Republican and Democratic women legislators from across the nation to find what can work to serve our communities,” Parrish said.

Women in Government provides conferences that feature expert speakers on a variety of public policy topics and their impact on states.

Former WL rep appointed to Youth Conservation Corps Advisory Committee

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber announced the appointment of former state Rep. Ron Adams (West Linn, Wilsonville) to the Oregon Youth Conservation Corps Advisory Committee. The appointment to the nine-member committee is effective for a three-year period.

The Oregon Youth Conservation Corps was created by the 1987 Oregon Legislature to emulate the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s. The purpose of OYCC, as established in statute, is “to establish a disadvantaged and at-risk youth work program in order to perform conservation work of public value in the most cost-effective manner.”

The summer conservation corps program serves 460 youth each summer with at least one crew in each of Oregon’s 36 counties. More than $862,000 in corpsmember wages were paid last summer with the help of local and federal partner matching funds.

OYCC also works with 24 alternative education programs statewide during the school year serving another 520 students. Crucial partners across all programs include the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service, Oregon State Parks, the Marine Board and local city and county governments.

Take West Linn communication survey

The city of West Linn is looking to learn more about how residents prefer to receive local government information. Residents are asked to take a few minutes to participate in a survey, the results of which will help the city better prioritize public resources.

According to the city, responses will be kept strictly confidential and will not be tied to any demographic information about residents. The survey can be found at westlinnsurvey.org/WLS1/WLS1logn.htm.

Volunteer at Maddax Woods

Maddax Woods needs help to fight back against English ivy and other non-native invasive plants. You can volunteer to help save the trees, native plants and animals in the nature parks. Every third Saturday of each month there are park restoration events. All individuals, families and groups are invited.

Volunteers meet at 9 a.m. at the Maddax Woods parking area located at 5785 River St. in West Linn. The event hours are from 9 a.m. to noon. Bring sturdy shoes and gloves.

For more information, contact Steve Miesen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-722-9581.

Volunteer group meets weekly at Mary S. Young State Park

Volunteers meet every Monday and Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Mary S. Young State Park, 19900 Willamette Drive. Email or call John Linman or Dave Kruse about details or meet at the tool shed in the gravel parking lot. Bring your own work gloves. All necessary tools are provided.

For more information, contact Linman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-636-0134.

For invasive species removal inquires, contact Kruse at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-656-5922.

For second Saturday invasive species removal, contact Lorie Griffith at 503-803-0678. 

Volunteer at the library

Many of the hundreds of items the West Linn Public Library checks in and shelves each day are handled by volunteers.

The library is currently looking for people age 14 and older who can make a regular commitment to shelve library materials, keep shelves organized and participate in occasional special projects.

For more information, call Shasta Barnes at the library at 503-656-7853, ext. 3020, or visit westlinnoregon.gov/library/volunteer-library.

WLACC seeks volunteer bus driver

The West Linn Adult Community Center is looking for a volunteer bus driver with a current commerical driver’s license to drive its 18-passenger bus that takes members on daytime trips several times a month.

At times it involves just a few hours, while other trips last most of the day.

The community center has several drivers that it rotates through, and so it is not a significant time commitment.

Anyone interested in this volunteer position should contact the West Linn Adult Community Center at 503-557-4704.



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