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Chamber of Commerce December events; Guided hikes available on first day of year; Legislators recognized by seniors organization

Chamber of Commerce December events

The West Linn Chamber of Commerce is having a busy season.

Last week the chamber hosted a "Women Who Mean Business" event with guest speaker Sarah Centrella, a master life coach.

According to Melinda Doblie, West Linn Chamber of Commerce event coordinator, "Women Who Mean Business programming was created in direct response to a request from a chamber member who indicated the need in our community for a space and time for women to feel appreciated, valued, and validated as professionals.

We aim to bring that comradery to the women of the community and to build an opportunity to network with businesses face to face."

Next week the chamber holds a holiday happy hour and auction at the Tumwater Vineyard Dec. 19.

Go to http://westlinnchamber.org/events to find out more. Non-members are welcome.

Guided hikes available on first day of year

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided hikes in state parks on New Year's Day.

Locally, two hikes are being offered at Champoeg State Heritage Area, at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. The usual $5 parking fee will be waved on this day.

Visitors will have the opportunity to go back in time through the old town site and out to the Territorial Government Monument.

The two-mile round trip is easy to moderate, with some uneven terrain and natural surfaces.

Dogs must be on a leash. Participants should bring water, snacks and bring weather appropriate clothing and shoes.

A guided hike will also be offered at Tryon Creek State Natural Area at 9 a.m.; hikes of varying lengths will be offered.

Go to at http://bit.ly/ParkStoreEvents to see more hikes and find out details.

Legislators recognized by seniors organization

Sen. Richard Devlin, whose district includes West Linn, was honored by the Oregon AARP as a "Capital Caregiver" in recognition of his support of family caregivers in 2017.

Six other lawmakers were recognized. According to the organization, the leaders "advanced policies to support Oregon's family caregivers, who help their parents, spouses and other loved ones live independently at home and in the community—where they want to be."

Need last-minute gifts for outdoors lovers?

Give the outdoors-lover on your list a pass to Oregon State Parks.

Annual parking permits can be purchased online at a discount until Dec. 31. Passes are $25 (normally $30) and transferrable from vehicle to vehicle.

Gift gear and parking permits are for sale online at https://store.oregonstateparks.org/.

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