Test your knowledge at trivia night
The West Linn Public Library is holding an adult trivia night on Saturday, Aug. 11, at 6:30 p.m.
Team up with your friends and family and see how much trivia you know. Each team must consist of three to six people. Trivia questions will be on a wide range of topics (think Trivial Pursuit). There will be a prize after each of the 10 rounds and a grand prize at the end of the evening. Snacks and drinks will be provided. No need to pre-register; just show up.
The library is located at 1595 Burns St. This event is part of the Adult Summer Reading Program.
Catch a flick 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 park to enjoy picnics, popcorn and movies.
This event is professionally planned and managed by the West Linn Parks and Recreation Department. Movies were selected using online polling.
Upcoming films are:
Help keep skydiver tradition alive
The arrival of skydivers in Willamette Park has been a popular commencement to the three-day Old Time Fair festival for many years.
Experienced and committed jumpers come from Creswell carrying the carefully guarded name of the new queen to the awaiting audience at the main stage.
This tradition, while captivating for all, comes at a steep price. Several years ago when it looked like the tradition would have to be discontinued due to the increasing cost, the princesses, all recent eighth-grade graduates, eagerly offered to help.
They conceived a new fair tradition, a raffle of sorts. Fair-goers have the opportunity to purchase plates, and with each plate a chance to win $500 in cash.
Once the skydiver reaches the ground, he selects a plate from the landing field and later announces the name at the main stage during the opening ceremony. If the winner is in attendance, he or she will be presented with $500 in cash. A phone call will be made to the winner if not present and he or she will receive a prize of $300 at a later date.
The plates sell for $5 per plate or five for $20. All money collected is used to cover the winning payout and remaining proceeds go to offset the cost of the skydive show. Plates may be purchased from 5 p.m. to just prior to the skydiver jump on Friday, July 20.
File for office to serve the city
The city of West Linn is accepting applications for three terms that expire Dec. 31 one for the mayor position and two city councilor positions.
The general election for these positions is scheduled for Nov. 6. The individuals who are elected will begin serving at the first council meeting in January 2013 and will serve a four-year term expiring Dec. 31, 2016.
For complete guidelines, visit westlinnoregon.gov/elections/candidates-elected-office.
Teens sought for reading program
The West Linn Public Library is looking for middle-schoolers and high-schoolers to volunteer at the Summer Reading Program sign-up table.
Teens will be assisting kids and teens who want to sign up for the Summer Reading Program and answering basic questions about the program.
One-hour and two-hour time slots are available.
Low-income utility assistance available
The city of West Linn offers reduced water, sewer, surface water, street and park maintenance charges for low-income residents.
Income limitations are defined by the Department of Health and Human Services Poverty Guidelines.
For more information or an application, visit westlinnoregon.gov/finance/utility-billing-1.
Learn to drive this summer
The West Linn Parks and Recreation Department is offering drivers education classes this summer at West Linn High School and Wilsonville High School.
The city is offering the Wilsonville High School program at the request of the West Linn-Wilsonville School District.
Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.
The classes are taught in cooperation with Clackamas Community College and are Oregon Department of Transportation-approved.
The classesÂ consist of more than 30 hours of learning in the classroom plus 12 hours behind the wheel. Drive times scheduled to fit student schedules. Seating is limited, and pre-registration is required.
The following items are required to register: a photocopy of valid instruction permit or drivers license (front and back), a completed driver education enrollment form and payment in the form of money order, check or Visa or MasterCard.
Contact Parks and Recreation Director Ken Warner with any questions.
Registration information is now available online at westlinnoregon.gov/parksrec/driver-education-program.
Reserve picnic space now for city parks
West Linn residents can start making picnic reservations for city parks, including Hammerle, Mary S. Young, Sunset, Tanner Creek and Willamette parks.
Park shelters can be reserved through Oct. 31.
For more information or to make a reservation, call 503-557-4700 or visit city hall, located at 22500 Salamo Road.
Red Cross class for youth ages 8-11
The West Linn Parks and Recreation Department is offering the class, When Im in Charge.
Designed for youth ages 8 to 11, this two-and-a-half-hour Red Cross course prepares children to respond safely to a variety of situations when direct parent supervision is unavailable.
Participants will role play answering phone and door situations; discuss gun and Internet safety; and discuss personal safety and first aid situations.
Each student receives a participation guide, note pads and a blank emergency phone list. Parents are encouraged to attend the final half hour of the class to watch the safety video and participate in the final class activity with their child(ren).
As this class is held after school, parents should send a snack with their child.
The cost of attendance is $34 for residents, and the course will be held at the West Linn Adult Community Center, located at 1180 Rosemont Road. The sessions is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 1, from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Register at West Linn Parks and Recreation at 503-557-4700 or westlinnoregon.gov .
Get help with mortgage payments
If you are currently receiving unemployment benefits and need help keeping up your monthly mortgage payment you may qualify for assistance through Oregon Homeownership Stabilization Initiatives Mortgage Payment Unemployment program.
Qualified homeowners will be eligible to receive up to 12 months or $20,000 worth of mortgage payments whichever comes first. This funding comes from a pool of money commonly called Hardest Hit Funds that was allotted to Oregon and several other states with high rates of foreclosure.
In order to begin the process, homeowners should visit the OHSI website. Once you are there, a quick video will walk you through the entire application process and give you an eligibility test that will help you determine whether or not you will qualify for the program. Applications open every other Wednesday at noon, with a limited number of applications open for each cycle. Applications are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
For answers to questions regarding this program, contact the NEDCO Clackamas County office at 503-779-2680.
Be a part of history in the making
Join in West Linns centennial celebration by making one of 100 quilt squares that will be sewn into a 88-inch square quilt, which will be pieced together at a quilting bee and displayed throughout the city and then raffled off.
Show your artistic skills. Quilt squares, measuring 7 inches, with specifications that can be picked up at the West Linn Chamber of Commerce office, Bullseye Coffee and city hall.
Return finished blocks to the chamber office by Dec. 1 so they can sewn together to be ready for an old time quilting bee in January 2013.
For more information, call Ken Warner at 503-557-4700 or Alma Coston at 503-720-5688.
Free parent-child playgroups offered
Free parent-child playgroups are held each Wednesday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Sunset Fire Hall, 2215 Long St. in West Linn.
The groups are for adults and caretakers of children from birth to age 5.
Playgroups provide opportunities for parents to learn from each other, share common experiences and concerns, develop lasting friendships and form new support networks.
The playgroups are parent-child interactive in a casual, relaxed setting, are semi-structured and are open to drop-ins. A snack is provided.
Monitor your wattage
Are the electronics and appliances in your home energy-efficient? The West Linn Public Library has three Kill A Watt monitors available for checkout.
Kill A Watt monitors measure the energy usage of household appliances and electronics so you can measure how much energy your microwave, computer, TV and other electronics are using when they are plugged-in.
The Kill A Watt monitors are made available thanks to Energy Trust of Oregon.
Free car repair manuals are available online
West Linn residents now have access to Chilton Library, which provides quick online access to repair, maintenance and service information on seven decades of the broadest range of vehicles available, including cars, trucks, vans and SUVs.
Unlike the printed editions, the content available on Chilton Library is updated on a monthly basis, ensuring the most advanced and up-to-date information available.
You will need your library card number and PIN (usually the last four digits of your phone number). If you have any questions, call the information desk at 503-656-7853, ext. 6.
Buy or donate used books
The Book Cellar, operated by the Friends of the West Linn Library, offers used books and audiovisual materials for sale. All proceeds are used directly for library programs and materials.
The Book Cellar is located on the lower floor of the library and is open Tuesday, noon to 7 p.m., and Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 4 p.m.
Book prices are $2 for hardcovers and $1 for paperbacks.
The Book Cellar can be reached at 503-742-8601. If youd like to volunteer to work in The Book Cellar, leave your name and contact information at the store. Two-hour shifts are available for various days and times.
The Book Cellar will accept donations of adult and childrens fiction and nonfiction books, large print books, audio books, CDs, DVDs and VHS tapes. Make sure the items are in good condition. The Friends do not accept textbooks or magazines. All donations can be left at the checkout desk on the main floor.
Variety of support groups are offered
Classes and meetings are held at the Providence Willamette Falls Community Center (PWFCC), 519 15th St. in Oregon City.
To register, call 503-574-6595. They include:
Grief: Second and fourth Tuesdays from 1:30 to 3 p.m. This is an ongoing peer support group for families served by Willamette Falls Hospice. This class is designed to help those who have lost someone close in the past year.
Attending the Understanding your Grief class is a pre-requisite.
Call Joanne (Smith) Petrie for information 503-655-7581.
Men and grief: Meets the first and third Wednesdays from 6:30-8 p.m. This support group offers a safe place to learn, explore and share your grieving experience.
Call John at 503-655-7581 for more information.
Diabetes: Meets the first Tuesday of the month from noon to 1 p.m. Support and information for patients/families. Call 503-574-6595 for information.
AARP driver safety program classes: Call Providence Willamette Falls Community Center at 503-574-6595 for date/times and more information.
Children in grief: Peer support group for children. Meets every two weeks at the Dougy Center-Walker House at 252 N.W. Fourth Ave. in Canby.
Senior center seeks volunteers
Volunteer opportunities are available at the West Linn Adult Community Center. If you have some spare time and would like to give back to the senior citizens of West Linn, this is the place for you.
The West Linn Adult Community Center is full of volunteer opportunities for anyone in the community.
Some of the volunteer opportunities are listed below:
Greeters Friendly folks to make all newcomers and old friends feel welcome at the center.
Drivers If you have a current commercial drivers license and would enjoy driving a bus on field trips, call Lynn at 503-557-4704 for a schedule of trips and orientation. Transportation programs and Meals on Wheels are also looking for volunteer drivers in the West Linn Area; call 503-657-8287 to volunteer.
Kitchen and dining room helpers - Lunch is available at the center on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Volunteers are needed Mondays to help with food preparation, setting up the dining room, serving and cleanup.
Musicians The center is always willing to have a talented person entertain at one of the many functions onsite.
Guest speakers The center hosts speakers. Many topics of importance and interest to seniors can be covered by volunteer speakers. If you have an interest in speaking, give the center a call.
Contact the West Linn Adult Community Center at 503-557-4704 to discuss opportunities.
Community center space is available
The Robinwood Station is a community center operated by a volunteer, nonprofit group, the Friends of the Robinwood Station.
The center is available for classes, events, groups and meetings.
The center is located at 3706 Cedaroak Drive in West Linn.
For more information, call Randall at 503-789-3763 or Tony at 503-475-1773 or visit robinwoodstation.org .