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The COVID-19 pandemic cancels mayor's annual address, a bulky waste pick-up event and a popular wacky fun run.

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE CITY OF TUALATIN - Kids run through a 'color bomb' station at Tualatin's fun, messy Blender Dash on Saturday., Times - News  Tualatin's first Blender Dash a 'great success'The City of Tualatin recently announced it has shut down all its in-person programs and events through May 31 and some major events beyond that date. Those include programs and events delivered by the city's library, parks and recreation department and volunteer services, according to City Manager Sherilyn Lombos.

Among the events canceled are the Bulky Waste and Yard Debris Day (the May 2 semi-annual drop-off of everything from large appliances to tree branches), Mayor Frank Bubenik's State of the City Address (the May 14 annual report on the city set at Marquis Tualatin Assisted Living) and the Blender Dash (a June 6 wacky fun run that normally includes foam, mud and assorted obstacles).

"It may feel like an extreme measure, but in light of the direction from the Governor's office we have decided that providing clear answers now will better allow our community to plan for their families," City Manager Sherilyn Lombos said in a news release. "We must continue to practice physical distancing, while also staying socially connected."

Still in instead of in-person programming, the city's staff has put together online activities and assembled resource lists for families and adults looking for things to occupy themselves during the stay-at-home executive order.

Also, earlier this month, the Tualatin Parks and Recreation Department encouraged the community to participate in "Chalk Your Walk," a program that encourages residents to create positive messages that keep the community connected in their respective neighborhoods. Chalk is being provided for all those who want to participate.

Meanwhile, the Tualatin Public Library has posted weekly story time videos (which already have garnered more than 600 views on the city's YouTube channel). At the same time, the Juanita Pohl Senior Center is offering weekly virtual fitness classes for senior adults.

For more information, and to see what other events might be cancelled, visit the city's website at tualatinoregon.gov.


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