Town Crier – 1.12.17

LCSO Community Awareness Meeting
The Lane County Sheriff’s Office will hold a Community Awareness Meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18 at Creswell Community Center. Sheriff Byron Trapp is visiting communities within Lane County to hear about the issues and concerns facing each individual area and to answer questions. We will be discussing the positive impacts of the jail levy and talking to community members about the possible renewal of the levy. Meetings are informal and provide an opportunity for you to meet LCSO staff and to get your questions answered. For questions, please email SheriffofLaneCounty@co.lane.or.us.

CMS East Coast Trip Informational Meeting
The first informational meeting for Creswell Middle School’s 2018 Boston/Washington DC/New York City Tour will be held at 7 p.m. on Jan. 18 at CMS. If you are interested in this fantastic trip, please attend this meeting to find out about fundraising opportunities and more! Call Jill at 541-895-6091 for more information.

After-Hours Business Networking Event
An After-Hours Business Networking Event will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Jan. 25 at Creswell Coffee Co. Happy hour pricing on food and drinks. Please join us! Monthly After-Hours Business Networking will continue from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on the last Wednesday of each month, at Creswell Coffee.

Winter Family Movie Night at the Cobalt
There’s a special treat for your family this winter – free movies at the Cobalt Building! The goal is to have a series that is just like the summer Movies in the Park series, but have them indoors where it is warm and dry. So, bring your chairs, pillows and blankets and get comfy for these wonderful family movies:
Jan. 28 – “Inside Out” (PG)
Feb. 11 – “Jumanji” (PG)
Feb. 25 – “Journey to the Center of the Earth” (PG)
March 4 – “Journey 2: Mysterious Island” (PG)
March 18 – “Free Willy” (PG)
April 1 – “Despicable Me 2” (PG)
We are looking for a youth group that might be interested in providing concessions. If interested, please contact Jennifer at Creswell City Hall (541-895-2531).

Cottage Grove 912 Project
The next free, public Cottage Grove 912 Project meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 16 at Stacy’s Covered Bridge Restaurant, 401 E. Main. We will show Trevor Loudon’s documentary, “The Enemies Within,” which profiles US legislators and their ties to anti-American organizations.

Creswell at Home Volunteers Needed
Creswell at Home is seeking volunteer drivers and volunteers who enjoy talking on the phone. Drivers will take members to appointments, grocery shopping and other vital trips. Background and DMV checks required. Phone volunteers will take calls from members who are requesting help at home, rides or need referrals to other services, and will also make regular calls to members to check on their wellbeing. Work from home; training provided. Background checks required. Contact Elyse Grau at 895-2096 or email creswellathome.org for more information.

CHS Booster Club
The Creswell High School Booster Club is seeking additional members. For information, contact Booster Club President Patti Dimmick at 541-914-1619 or Treasurer/Membership Officer Linda Nicol at 541-228-1800, or email creswellhsboosters@gmail.com.

Free Development Screening for Young Children
Free developmental screenings for children ages birth to five years living in Lane County are available through Early Childhood CARES. Early Childhood CARES provides educational services and helps children who experience a disability or developmental delay. Areas of concern may include speech and language, fine and gross motor skills, behavior, socialization, learning, vision and hearing. To schedule a screening with a developmental specialist, call 541-346-2578 or 800-925-8694. Spanish speakers may call 541-346-0742. The developmental screening is free of charge and no insurance is required. All educational services are free for children who qualify and there is no waiting list for families.

Intergenerational Reading Collaboration
New volunteers and substitutes are needed for the Intergenerational Reading Collaboration (IRC) at Creslane Elementary School. Volunteers work within the reading programs for the first, second and third grades between 8:30 and 11 a.m., two or three days each week and are required to attend meetings/trainings every Wednesday, following the classes. For more information or to volunteer, contact coordinator Laurie Swanson Gribskov at 541-953-9145.

Creslane SMART Program
The SMART reading program at Creslane Elementary School is underway, and is currently looking for a new coordinator. If you would like to help with this effort to improve reading, contact creslane@getsmartoregon.org. If you are interested in serving as SMART coordinator, call Laurie at 541-726-3302.

Food 4 Kids
Food 4 Kids has changed their email and website addresses to reflect an affiliation with all Creswell schools. As funding allows, the program will branch out to the middle and high schools. To contribute or for more information, email creswellfood4kids@gmail.com or visit creswellfood4kids.com.

Easy Ways to Help Our Schools Financially
Creswell Education Foundation is now part of the Fred Meyer Rewards program. Anyone with a Fred Meyer rewards card can identify our organization as the local group that will receive donations from their “give back to community” plan. Go online to fredmeyer.com/communityrewards and link your personal card to our NPO number: 87743. You will continue to be eligible to receive individual rewards and gas discounts as you always do.
When you shop Amazon.com, you can donate to Creswell Education Foundation without giving a penny. Simply go to www.smile.amazon.com, designate Creswell Education Foundation as your chosen charity then proceed to the Amazon website and shop as usual. Amazon will donate 0.5 percent of eligible purchases to CEF. Once registered for AmazonSmile, you will be directed to your Smile option each time you make an Amazon purchase.
Save Box Tops and Labels for Education from General Mills, Kleenex, Progresso, Avery, Bic and Campbell’s Soup. All can be redeemed to help support our schools. Box tops and labels may be brought in to any of the school offices.
Sign up for eScrip. Visit www.eScrip.com to register any or all of your debit/credit cards. If you’re uncomfortable doing that, the Safeway Club Card is also part of the program. Both Creslane and CMS have accounts on this system. If you’ve signed up before, it’s time to log back in and renew for another year.

VFW accepting donations of household items
The Creswell VFW Post is accepting donations of furniture and household items to help homeless veterans get established in homes. Please call 541-359-7781 for more information.