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See the pedestrian bridge design, get rid of your household waste too bulky to fit in your bin, and celebrate Oregon arts and culture

City to host French Prairie

Bridge Design Open House

The City of Wilsonville is hosting an open house to review initial design concepts for the proposed French Prairie 'Bike-Ped-Emergency' Bridge across the Willamette River. This public meeting is being held on Thursday, Oct. 18, 5-7 pm, at Wilsonville City Hall, 29799 SW Town Center Loop E.

Project leaders are unveiling five different bridge-type designs for public consideration; each design accommodates daily use by cyclists and pedestrians as well as special use by emergency services vehicles as neede

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Wilsonville Bulky

Waste Day coming up

In partnership with Metro and Republic Services, the City of Wilsonville is sponsoring a new, fall-season Bulky Waste Day on Saturday, Oct. 27, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at Republic Services, 10295 S.W. Ridder Road in Wilsonville.

This now twice-yearly opportunity, which also occurs in May of each year, is provided for Wilsonville residents only; all participants must provide proof of residence. There is no charge, though organizers request that participants donate hygiene items - including toilet paper, soap, shampoo, laundry soap, deodorant - to help Wilsonville Community Sharing's Food Bank provide assistance to local families in need.

Bulky Waste Day gives residents the opportunity to drop-off large, bulky items that do not fit into standard-sized garbage cans. Accepted items include dishwashers, televisions, refrigerators, computers, monitors, stoves, dryers, water heaters, couches, mattresses, scrap metal, tables and chairs, and clean, untreated wood.

The program does not accept construction debris of any type, propane bottles or canisters, paint, batteries, solvents, thinners, household garbage or car tires.

Celebrate Oregon's culture, arts

Days of Culture 2018 will showcase the diverse ways Oregonians experience culture with an Oct. 1-8 social media campaign inviting individuals to share snapshots and videos of their cultural experiences with hashtag #ORCulture. The winning image will serve as the inspiration for an original poem by Oregon Poet Laureate Kim Stafford and be used as a lead image and mantra for the Cultural Trust's 2018 fundraising campaign.

The winner will receive an autographed poem framed with his or her photo.

All who post images on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #ORCulture will be entered to win. The winner will be randomly selected on Tuesday, Oct. 9.

Income Tax Assistance

Volunteers needed

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is looking for dedicated individuals to assist with our free income tax preparation program. This program targets seniors and individuals of low/medium income. Training and program materials for this position are provided through IRS/AARP and the program runs December through January. No previous experience preparing tax returns is required. However, returns are prepared using tax software so use of computer is necessary. There is a requirement to pass certification tests which requires a time commitment. This service makes a tremendous difference for many area residents. Returns are prepared in Wilsonville on Thursdays from the first week in February until April 15.

Please contact Brenda, Local Coordinator at 906-285-3450 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Sue at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. more information, if you'd like to volunteer or if you have questions about requirements"

Fourth-grade park passes available online

It's time for all fourth graders and their families to claim their free Every Kid in a Park pass, which allows free entry into all federal parks, forests, and recreation areas for a full year.

Starting Sept. 1, fourth graders can print out a paper voucher for free entry into all federal lands by visiting the Every Kid in a Park website at www.everykidinapark.gov. Students and their families can also redeem their paper voucher for a plastic pass at any Forest Service office. For office locations, visit www.fs.usda.gov/r6/. The voucher and passes are valid for the entire school year, Sept. 1, 2018 - Aug. 31, 2019.

The Forest Service is partnering with schools and educators across Oregon and Washington to plan Every Kid in a Park events in local communities and distribute passes at back-to-school events this fall. For more information on upcoming Every Kid in a Park events, contact your local forest.

Teachers or adults who engage fourth-graders through a youth-serving organization can print paper passes, and find activities and lesson plans, at www.everykidinapark.gov/get-your-pass/educator.

Celebrate Oregon's culture, arts

Days of Culture 2018 will showcase the diverse ways Oregonians experience culture with an Oct. 1-8 social media campaign inviting individuals to share snapshots and videos of their cultural experiences with hashtag #ORCulture. The winning image will serve as the inspiration for an original poem by Oregon Poet Laureate Kim Stafford and be used as a lead image and mantra for the Cultural Trust's 2018 fundraising campaign. The winner will receive an autographed poem framed with his or her photo. All who post images on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #ORCulture will be entered to win. The winner will be randomly selected on Tuesday, Oct. 9.

Community planning for rural area

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For those living in unincorporated Clackamas County, the Aurora, Butteville, Barlow Community Planning Organization(ABB-CPO) will be holding a meeting regarding current land use issues in our area. If you would like to attend, it will be held Thursday, Oct. 18 at 6:00 p.m. at the McMenamins in Wilsonville located in the  Fred Meyer shopping center off of I-5, Exit 283. The meeting starts at 6:00 PM.  It will be held in the Boones Room, which is located upstairs.  For more information call Bernice Ivey 503-678-3383. 

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