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May 5 Updates

Happy Tuesday, Village members and volunteers! Here is your weekly dose of news, ideas, events, and humor.

Do you have ideas, funny videos, or pointers to share? Please send them to so we can share with the group.

Scammers Are After Your
Economic Impact Payment

The federal government has begun sending out the checks by mail or direct deposit to most people. Keep these four things in mind so you aren’t victimized by a scammer.

  1. You don’t need someone else to help you claim the payment. Information about eligibility for the economic impact payments is available online at the IRS Economic Impact Payment Information Center
  2. The IRS doesn’t call or text you about your payment. Ignore any strange phone calls, voicemails, and text messages claiming to be from the IRS or any other government agency regarding your stimulus check.
  3. You are not getting a “stimulus check” or a “coronavirus payment.” The IRS refers to these payments as “economic impact payments.” Any communications using different terms are most likely scams.
  4. The IRS isn’t likely to overpay you. The maximum payment is $1,200 per adult and $500 per child. If someone claims that you were overpaid and need to repay the difference, don’t believe them.

Trust your instincts. If something feels not quite right, or too good to be true, it might well be a scam. The IRS will send you a letter about two weeks after your payment was delivered to confirm that you received it.

If you think you have been contacted by a scammer, report this information to the Federal Trade Commission at

An Ode to Soap

washing hands with soap
Though humble hand soap has been around for thousands of years, this often-overlooked substance is one of our most powerful tools in fending off deadly forces—including viruses. But how is soap made, and how does it work? This article takes a deep dive.

Free Online Arts Performances
from Artslandia

Mondays with the Maestro from Artslandia

Live performances are on hold for now—but the Oregon arts world is as dedicated as ever to bringing beauty and magic into our lives.

Beginning next week, Artslandia will host free Happy Hour performances and live interviews with some of our brightest local stars. The series kicks off on Monday, May 11 with an hour hosted by Oregon Symphony Music Director Carlos Kalmar.

RSVP here to get reminders for the event. Then grab your favorite beverage and go to Artslandia’s website or Facebook page to join at 5:00 PM each weekday starting May 11.

Do you know someone experiencing isolation or loneliness?

Isolation and loneliness can be dangerous for seniors anytime, but right now the stakes are higher than ever. Please use these resources and share them with anyone you know who could use some help.


Oregon Senior Peer Outreach Line: 1-833-736-4676

A weekly, phone-based support and connection with Community Support Solutions, this free service is available to Washington County older adults (55+) experiencing loneliness and isolation. Participants are matched with a trained Peer Support Specialist and receive scheduled weekly phone calls. Se habla español.


Oregon Senior Loneliness Line: 503-200-1633

This volunteer talk line is available 24/7 with Lines for Life. Trained volunteers offer support and connection at any time for older adults experiencing loneliness and isolation. Available in multiple languages.

Footloose: Dancing in the Movies

This video montage of movie stars dancing to "Footloose" will set your toes tapping!

Watch the video.

And finally... watch this amazing dog
do yoga.

Thank you to Village friend Denise Friar for sharing!

That's it for this week. Stay home, stay healthy!

And don't forget: send your favorite videos, classes, articles, and practical tips to us at

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Hillsboro 97124

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