This Week's Community Announcements

• Congratulations to…

▪ Donors to the 2018 VFW Soldiers’ Holiday Boxes! Members of the VFW Auxiliary gratefully thank the many Grovers who provided generous donations for the 60 boxes mailed to active-duty soldiers serving in Kuwait, Afghanistan, Korea, Africa and on the USS Devastator to share Christmas joy from home.

▪ Organizers and Participants in the Christmas in Cottage Grove Kickoff Events on Dec. 1! Lots and lots of preparation and coordination created a memory-making celebratory day from morning until night! A reminder of the many community-wide blessings we share as Grovers!

• Friends of the Cottage Grove Carousel is nearing completion of the vintage carousel donated to the people of Cottage Grove. More money is needed immediately to complete the lights and murals. To help keep the project moving along, call Don Williams at 541-942-4752, Email or visit or Facebook page.

• Friends of the Swinging Bridge continue to work with the City of Cottage Grove to replace this iconic much loved footbridge. All donations are placed in a restricted fund for this purpose only. Bridge repair is expected next July. Follow the progress on the Friends of the Cottage Grove Swinging Bridge on Facebook.

• Beds for Freezing Nights needs volunteers & financial support. This nonprofit all-volunteer organization provides City-certified emergency warming centers each winter from Nov 15 to Mar 31 that allows individuals & families to come in from the cold on subfreezing nights. Help needed immediately! More info at

• New American Heritage Girls Troop is collecting funds (through 12/27) for California’s Camp Fire victims. Collection jars are at The Sentinel office, DirtCheapCopies, UPS Store and The Bookmine. If your business would like a collection jar or for more info call Sandy at 541-942-6417. Collections to date are: $72.22. Money will purchase gift cards to aid the Paradise Foursquare Church’s relief efforts.

• Holiday Food Box Volunteers Needed 12/19 for packing & distribution at Trinity Lutheran Church, Sixth & Quincy. Packing begins at 9 am. Distribution from 1 pm to 5 pm. Call Community Sharing 541-942-2176 to volunteer.

• Community Christmas Day Dinner, Tuesday, Noon-2 pm, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church 19th & Harvey Rd. All are welcome. Helpers needed too. Contact Jerry or Marjie Vaverka 541-942-1117 to volunteer.

• CGHS Swim Team Christmas Tree Pickup/Drop Off Fundraiser 12/29-30, Sat-Sun, 8 am-4 pm, Support the Cottage Grove Aqua Lions by calling 541-674-9254 for pick-up arrangements or drop your tree off at Bohemia School. Cost: $5/tree (additional donations welcome).

• Cottage Theatre 2019 Season Tickets now on sale. Save $30 on the four productions at or call 541-942-8001 for more info.

• Aprovecho wants to hear from you! The 35-year-old non-profit sustainability research center east of Cottage Grove is temporarily closing to re-envision and launch a new community organization. It strategic planning process embraces its success in the past and explores ways to better serve the local community while still having a global reach. Board members seek local community input to shape what Aprovecho can be in the future. They invite you to take a brief survey at: . For more info contact the Transition Team at 541-942-8198 or