Attend ‘State of the Cities’ Forum

The Wilsonville Area Chamber of Commerce will host Wilsonville Mayor Tim Knapp and West Linn Mayor John Kovash, among others, in a “State of the Cities” forum May 22 from 3 to 5:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Wilsonville, 25425 SW 95th Ave. in Wilsonville.

Each forum participant will provide a 15 minute overview of the important happenings in his or her city. A question and answer period will follow.

This event is part of the chamber’s quarterly South Metro Leadership Forum Series. Topics and speakers are chosen with the goal of stimulating awareness and making attendees more knowledgable participants in the business community.

The South Metro Leadership Forum is focused on economic vitality, public policy, Oregon business and public sector leadership.

Attendees are asked to pre-register by 4 p.m. May 15. The forum cannot accommodate walk up registrations.

The event is $20. Admission includes appetizers and a drink ticket for a soft drink, beer or glass of wine.

West Linn Chamber members may call 503-655-6744 to register.

Take Care of West Linn Day set

Those looking for volunteer opportunities should mark their calendars for Take Care of West Linn Day on May 17.

Projects will take place from 9 a.m. to noon, followed by an appreciation picnic at Mary S Young Park from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Each year, the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board has more than 20 different projects, located at more than 15 different sites and accomplished by more than 20 groups.

Your organization can still choose to organize its own project. The Parks and Recreation Department will help with identifying a project, as well as planning and promoting it to obtain additional volunteers.

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.

Register for the Old Time Fair Parade

The 2014 Old Time Fair Parade is set for July 19 at 10 a.m. on Willamette Falls Drive.

The parade theme this year is “All Aboard the Reading Railroad,” celebrating the West Linn Library’s 75th Anniversary. West Linn librarians past and present will serve as the Grand Marshalls.

All participants who want to be judged must submit forms by midnight July 17. As always, participants are welcome to register on the day of the parade, but will not be able to participate in the judging.

Online registration is the preferred method if possible. To register, visit

Attend ‘Yappy Hour’ at Mary S. Young

The city will host a special “Yappy Hour” at the Mary S. Young dog park May 15 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

The event is hosted by the Parks and Recreation department, and sponsored by Healthy Pet West Linn, Pete’s Mountain Vineyard and Wineyard and VCA West Linn Animal Hospital.

Bring your dog to the off leash area and learn about diet and exercise for your pet.

To learn more, visit

Register for Fun in the Sun camps

The Parks and Recreation department is set to offer a Fun in the Sun recreation day camp at Sunset Park and Willamette Park this summer. The camps are held Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Register early as space is limited. Maximum capacity is 40 at both Hammerle Park and Willamette Park.

Camper to staff ratio is 10:1. Registration fees run between $89 and $94.

To learn more visit

Advantis Credit Union introduces new community grant

Advantis Credit Union launched the fourth annual GROW Community Fund May 1.

GROW is a $50,000 grant fund designed to provide nonprofit and service organizations with financial resources to address a wide range of needs and tackle challenges in the community, one project at a time.

Since 2011, the Advantis GROW Community Fund has contributed $150,000 to local organizations and funded more than 20 projects including creating community gardens for elementary students, refurbishing a home for foster children and providing kitchen equipment to an organization that feeds low-income adults with mental illnesses.

Local nonprofit and public service organizations are invited to submit a grant application for any amount up to $10,000 at Applications will be accepted online through May 30.

A selection committee will narrow down and identify the projects that provide the most long term benefits to the community. The public will then be invited to vote and determine which projects will receive grant funding. Online voting will begin June 9 and take place on Advantis’ Facebook page ( and the Advantis homepage (

The 2014 GROW grant recipients will be announced in early July.

Community gardeners install weed barrier

West Linn gardeners installed 1,200 feet of fabric weed barrier around the perimeter of the city’s community garden April 26 in Fields Bridge park.

The installation, financed by a Clackamas County Master Gardener’s grant, was part of the annual spring work session at the garden.

The garden, founded in 2001, consists of 54 200-square foot plots that provide recreational gardening for West Linn residents for a nominal fee. The garden is managed by a voluntary board of directors.

Clackamas County Master Gardeners support Oregon State University’s Extension Service Master Gardener Program with free, research-based gardening advice.

Although the community garden space is fully rented now, interested gardeners are welcome to contact West Linn’s Parks and Recreational Department, 503-557-4700, for plots as they become available.

West Linn named Tree City USA

West Linn was named a 2013 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.

West Linn achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.

“Everyone benefits when elected officials, volunteers and committed citizens in communities like West Linn make smart investments in urban forests,” said John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Trees bring shade to our homes and beauty to our neighborhoods, along with numerous economic, social and environmental benefits.”

Cleaner air, improved storm water management, energy savings and increased property values and commercial activity are among the benefits enjoyed by Tree City USA communities.

More information on the program is available at

The Arbor Day Foundation is a million member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. More information is available at

Fight back at Maddax Woods

Maddax Woods needs help to fight back against English ivy and other invasive, non-native 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.

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 at the West Linn Public Library

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

The library is 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

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