Monday, March 26, 2012

A few spots left for Origami Workshop Tomorrow Night in Canby

Create a bouquet of origami flowers

Join us

Tuesday March 27, 6 pm
Transform an ordinary piece of paper into a
three-dimensional form of art using origami technique

This workshop is designed for ages 14 and up.

Hanna Hofer

Programming/Public Relations
Canby Public Library


Thursday, March 22, 2012

Spring Break Safety from Oregon Parks and Recreation

I thought this was important to share!

Oregon State Parks reminds you to play it safe during Spring Break
Spring break is just around the corner and the beach is beckoning many Oregonians to come play. Spring Whale Watch Week (March 24–31), the Great Oregon Spring Beach Cleanup (March 31) and discounted camping rates make spring break a popular time to visit the coast. Visitors are reminded to play it safe at the beach and to keep an eye on the ocean.

“The wild weather that we’ve experienced recently is a reminder that March is ‘Beach Safety Awareness Month’ for a good reason,” said Robert Smith, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) beach safety coordinator. “It’s the most dangerous month on the coast. The combination of powerful seas and eager visitors has historically added up to more rescues and deaths than in any other month,” Smith noted. “Anyone responsible for the safety of children should watch them at all times, and make sure they’re wearing life jackets,” he added.

Having fun and staying safe is the most important part of any successful trip, but saving money is always a benefit. Whether you’re planning an overnight vacation or just a day trip – savings are available throughout the discovery season. Standard camping sites are discounted $4 – 5 per night and deluxe yurts/cabins are discounted as much as $20 per night. Visitors can buy 12 or 24-month day-use parking permits at a variety of locations around the state, including most major park offices. Or call the Oregon State Parks information center at 1-800-551-6949. The 12-month permit is $30, and is discounted once a year, in December, when it sells for $25. The 24-month permit is always a bargain at $50.

Knowing what the hazards are before you go can help you avoid getting caught in a dangerous situation. Safety tips including what to do if you get caught in a riptide and awareness information about other potential hazards such as floating logs and sneaker waves are found on the OPRD Oregon Beach Safety website (

Monday, March 19, 2012

Bringing Home Baby - Guest Post

Recently I was contacted by Katie Moore to submit an article.  I hope you can use some of her fantastic information.
Bringing Baby Home

It ‘s exciting bringing home a new baby. And while excitement may reign, it can also be somewhat unnerving, as it seems that there are so many things to do before the baby arrives. By following a few guidelines, you can make sure bringing home your new baby will be the joyful and fun occasion it should be.

First and foremost, an expectant mother should focus on eating well and taking good care of her health. Making sure to receive the essential vitamins and nutrients throughout her pregnancy will help keep baby healthy in the womb. After the baby is born, it’s important for the mother to be aware of what she’s consuming because whatever the mother will be consuming, she will be providing through her breast milk as well.

Another thing an expectant mother should do as delivery day nears is getting as much sleep as possible! Once the baby arrives, there won't be a lot of sleeping for the first few months. Babies take some time to adjust to their sleep schedule and will wake up every three to four hours throughout the night and early morning hours. A mother should try to catch up on her zzz's so that they will be ready to take on the early morning wake-up calls. Sleeping has also been shown to reduce stress and anxiety levels – both good things to keep low as the big day approaches!

Having the hospital bag packed is a good way to ensure mom will be prepared to head to the hospital whenever labor decides to kick! ! Be sure to include comforts from home for mom such as slippers, a comfy pillow and comfortable PJs. Mom should also pack a couple of extra outfits in case she ends up staying at the hospital longer than planned. Both mom and baby will need an outfit to go home in, and ending on the season, a baby may need some socks or booties, a onesie, and a short or long sleeve outfit to wear on the trip home. Don’t forget toiletries for Mom to help feel refreshed throughout her say! 

Another important task to have completed before bringing home baby is to have his/her bedroom all set up. Have the changing table loaded with diapers, wipes, baby lotion and powder, receiving blankets and burp rags. The baby crib also must be free of any stuffed animals or other items that he/she can put into its mouth. Parents can also add a little mobile that is attached high enough so that the baby cannot reach it. Another useful item in the baby room is a chair for those late night feedings; a rocking chair is useful if it is available. Babies enjoy being rocked back and forth as they are soothed back to sleep.

Planning out medical details for delivery day and post-delivery is important as well. Attend a childbirth class to learn more about natural and medicinal options for helping with labor pains and optional procedures available like circumcision and cord blood banking. Circumcision can be done in a few ways so knowing more about what your facility does can help you decide what you’d like to do. In regards to cord blood banking, this is a process where the umbilical cord blood is collected from the baby post-delivery and is stored at a private facility for the family to be potentially used in the future treatment of a potential medical disease. A childbirth class can also teach a mother about the benefits of breastfeeding as well as formula feeding to help her make a decision as to how she will feed her new baby. 

Last of all, an expecting mother should have a maternity leave schedule worked out with her employers. Most women get six weeks off for maternity leave. Make sure that the maternity leave is set up months in advance so that there aren't any surprises after the baby is born.

Finally, with all of the important details worked out, a mother should remember to enjoy the moment! There is nothing better than bringing a new life into this world. New babies are a happy to time to embrace life. Raising a baby is exciting, educational and empowering.

"This article was written by Katie Moore. Katie is an active writer within the blogging community who discusses maternity, motherhood, prenatal health, childbirth and other topics within this niche.  If you have any questions or would like to connect with Katie please contact by visiting her blog, Moore From Katie or her twitter @moorekm26."

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Free Day for Packy's Birthday at Oregon History Museum

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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Friday, March 9, 2012

Ghost Hunting for Kids! This Weekend

Ghost Hunting for Kids, Rob St. Helen and Rocky Smith Jr.
Saturday, March 10th, Noon - 1:00p.m.
Open to KIDS! (18 and under)
$5.00 per person (Parents are Welcome)
Classes held at Pioneer Community Center.
For Reservations Call: William 503-381-2521
Class Description:
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a paranormal investigator? Well, now is your chance to learn what it takes to be a real ghost hunter. Join Rob St. Helen and Rocky Smith for an introductory class for kids, focusing on the equipment and techniques used in ghost hunting. Participants will get hands on investigation practice exploring the haunted Pioneer Center with experienced paranormal investigators!
Rob St. Helen has been a paranormal investigator for five years. He has worked for four years at what has been called the world’s third most haunted hotel, the Heathman Hotel in Portland, OR. Rob authors an article in the monthly online magazine, Paranormal Underground, and is a team member and tech leader of West Coast Ghost Hunters. Rob is the father of two children.
Rocky Smith was born in Oregon City where he has lived his entire life. Rocky has taught Art at Oregon City High School for the last 11 years and is well known in the community as a local historian. Rocky is currently serving his 3 year on the Oregon City Commission. In college Rocky worked for three years in the historic Ermatinger House, the oldest house in Oregon City and the third oldest house in the state of Oregon. Rocky has had many paranormal experiences in this house including his first experience which was featured in Susan Smitten's book, Ghost Stories of Oregon. Rocky started researching the paranormal activity in Oregon City in 1995 and has documented close to 100 haunted places within the city.

Friday, March 2, 2012

I don't like buffet restaurants!

I wish!
As a kid, we didn't eat out much.  When we did eat out, it was always at a buffet.  Maybe because kids ate cheaper when they used to charge by the year.  I was still 9, when I was 12.  We, the kids, hated the buffet and still do. 

You know I am a sucker for a good deal.  This week we got a $6.99 dinner coupon at Hometown Buffet, with the promise of juicy steak.  It's easily been 10 years since I have been in any buffet for any reason, and so we went. 

Guess what?  I don't like buffet restaurants!  So much of the food gets wasted, and not because there is so much to eat, but because so much of it doesn't taste good.

The potatoes are bland, the chicken tastes funny, the green beans are over hammy, the steak is tough, the clam chowder is greasy and even dessert was oily and bland. 

The rolls were good, the staff is super friendly and the pop tasted like usual, but other than that it's not worth it.  Even at $6.99. 

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Free Skiing Tomorrow!

Thanks to --  Portland on the Cheap for the info!

- 24th Annual Ski for Sunshine: get a free day lift ticket at Mt. Hood’s Ski Bowl just by donating eight cans of non-perishable food to the Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division, Friday only! Lift ticket is valid from 9:00am – 4:00pm so hit the slopes early! Look for them in the Ski Bowl parking lot.