Scotts Mills siblings honored in calendar art contest
Gideon and Katelyn Shetler, siblings from Scotts Mills, were among 13 winners in the Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation Calendar Art Contest.
The Shetlers’ artwork will be featured in the foundation’s 2020-2021 calendar. A total of 643 entries were submitted to the contest by kindergarten through sixth-grade students in Oregon. Entries showcased the state’s diverse agricultural and natural resource commodities, the organization said in a release.
Gideon, a first grader, submitted artwork of a crab, representing Oregon seafood. His artwork will be featured on the August page of the calendar. “I chose to draw (the crab) because it’s an ocean animal and I love the ocean,” he said in the release. “Fishermen catch crabs at the Oregon coast and sell them.”
Katelyn, a second-grade student, illustrated an Oregon wheat field and will appear on the September page of the calendar. “I chose to draw wheat because I was reminded (recently) while playing in the pony pasture that many farmers in Oregon grow wheat,” she said.
Each month of the calendar features one of the winning student’s art and each day of the year has a fact about agriculture, the organization said.
Each calendar winner received a $50 award and a certificate to commemorate the honor. Winning artwork will be displayed at oregonaitc.org/winner-archives. Calendars are free to Oregon teachers, or they can be ordered for $4 at oregonaitc.org/product/calendar.
OBRC donates to firefighting organizations
The Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative has made donations to eight Oregon firefighting organizations this month to assist as wildfires have torn through the state.
OBRC donated a total of $40,000 to eight different organizations that support firefighting efforts and communities around the state, the organization said in a release.
The organizations receiving donations include Salem Fire Foundation, the Albany Firefighters Community Assistance Fund, the Ashland Firefighters Charitable Fund, the Hoodland Volunteer Firefighters Association, Rocky Point Fire and EMS, the Sheridan Volunteer Firefighters Association, the Sutherlin Firefighters Association, and the Umatilla Volunteer Firefighters Association.
“Right now, we all need to pull together and do whatever we can to help the brave men and women out there working around the clock to keep us all safe,” OBRC chief stewardship officer and director of external relations Jules Bailey said. “As an organization with a presence in communities across Oregon, OBRC is committed to doing our part.”
OBRC is also allowing the public to donate can and bottle deposits through BottleDrop Redemption Centers to firefighting organizations. Donations can be made through BottleDrop accounts or by donating individual containers at BottleDrop locations.
For more information, contact OBRC at [email protected] or 503-542-5252.
City of Salem awards grants to nonprofit organizations affected by COVID-19
The City of Salem has awarded seven cultural- and heritage-focused nonprofit organizations a combined $25,000 in assistance for operational hardships during the COVID-19 pandemic, it announced in a release.
Grants were awarded to Theatre 33, Straub Outdoors, Salem Art Association, Gilbert House Children’s Museum, Verona Studio, Pentacle Theatre and Enlightened Theatrics.
Awards were funded by the City Council and were distributed in grants of up to $5,000 per organization, the release said.
The City said it expects to launch in early fall two additional grant programs to benefit Salem small businesses and eligible non-profit organizations affected by COVID-19.
For more information, go to cityofsalem.net/Pages/business-help-covid19.aspx or call 503-540-2480.
Golf tournament to benefit youth therapy programs
Acres of Hope Youth Ranch is hosting the Golf for Hope tournament Saturday, Sept. 26, at Oak Knoll Golf Course, 6335 Hwy. 22 in Independence.
The fundraiser will provide financial support for Acres of Hope’s mission to provide hope to hurting adolescents.
Acres of Hope is a horse therapy and mentoring program that allows youth from age 12-19 the freedom to grow, heal and experience life with a horse.
Tournament registration begins at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Lunch, prizes and a raffle will take place at 1 p.m.
Cost is $125 per player or $500 per foursome.
For more information or to sign up, go to acresofhopeyouthranch.org/golf-tournament.
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