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January 2021

Protect Yourself From COVID-19 Vaccine Scams

Many of us are anxiously waiting for the COVID-19 vaccination to protect us from the coronavirus. Until you can schedule your shot, make sure you are not scammed!

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG), and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have received complaints of scammers using the public’s interest in COVID-19 vaccines to obtain personally identifiable information and money through various schemes.

As vaccine distribution begins, here are signs of potential scams:

  • You are asked to pay out of pocket to get the vaccine.
  • You are asked to pay to put your name on a vaccine waiting list or to get early access.
  • Advertisements for vaccines through social media platforms, email, telephone calls, online, or from unsolicited or unknown sources.
  • Marketers offering to sell or ship doses of the vaccine for payment.

The best way to protect yourself is to avoid giving out your personal information to unknown sources.

If you believe you have been the victim of COVID-19 fraud, immediately report it to:

For accurate, up-to-date information about COVID-19, visit:

You can also download a printable information sheet by clicking here.

Thank You, Village Without Walls Donors!

Thank you to all who donated during our 2020 year-end fundraising appeal and the Love on the Fence campaign. We raised $895, which helps us supplement member fees to cover Village operating expenses so we can provide social connection and services for our members. 

If you missed our fundraising drive or just want to donate, go to the Village Without Walls website at and click the Donate button. You can pay by credit card or send a check to Villages Without Walls, 1333 NE Orenco Station Pkwy #572, Hillsboro, OR 97124. Checks should be made out to “Villages NW fbo Village Without Walls.”

Upcoming Events

We hope you'll join us for these upcoming events!

Virtual Village Happy Hour
Every Friday at 4:00 PM

Come share stories or jokes and make new friends. Everyone is welcome.

Join the Zoom meeting at or call 253-215-8782 (audio only).

Weekly AgeCelebration Community Walks
Wednesdays at 9:00 AM and Saturdays at 10:00 AM

AgeCelebration logo

AgeCelebration is hosting two community walks each week for everyone in the community. All ages, all levels, all abilities, and families are welcome—as well as well-behaved dogs!

Walks are two miles long with optional early return points. Masks are required and social distancing will be practiced.

When and where to meet:

  • Every Wednesday morning at 9:00 AM — Departing from New Seasons Orenco, 1453 NE 61st Ave. in Hillsboro.
  • Every Saturday morning at 10:00 AM — Locations vary by week; check the Age Celebration Facebook page at for each week’s location.

AARP Presents
Making Your "HomeFit" You

Tuesday, January 12 — 7:00 PM

This session will explore ways to adapt your space to fit your needs, from low-cost modifications to smart technology features that can make your apartment or house safer and more accessible.

Join us to learn about home design solutions that can work for people of all ages and abilities. We will explore common household hazards, how you can avoid them, and why a better “HomeFit” can help you turn your living space into a lifelong home.

Click the button below to register.

Register for the Webinar

North Star Village Presents
Land of Wild and Stark Splendor: Iceland!

Thursday, January 14 — 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Kirkjufell in Iceland

Join us for a photo tour to Iceland! North Star villager Anjala Ehelebe will share her trip to surprising Iceland with you. She’ll take you on what started out to be her friend’s quest to see the Northern Lights in their maximum glory—and what became a revealing look at an amazingly warm (literally and figuratively), progressive, and colorful country.

RSVP to to receive the Zoom link.

VWW Card Making Class
for Members and Volunteers

Saturday, January 16 — 2:00 PM

Learn to make cards by viewing a card sample and recreating it. Both experienced and beginner card makers are welcome.

Those who pre-registered in December will receive the card materials kit before the class date. Zoom information will be sent the day before the class by email.

To add your name to a future class list, send an email to

Viva Village Presents
Online Age Café

Friday, January 22 — 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Online Age Café is a bi-weekly forum with stimulating small group conversations around topics relevant to older adults.

You must register to receive the Zoom password. To register, click the button below.

Register Now for Online Age Café

Villages Clark County Presents
Mindfulness and Meditation 

Tuesday, January 26 — 12:45 PM

Are you tired of rushing through your day on automatic pilot, afraid that you're missing out on what's really important? Mindfulness offers awareness of the present moment, without judgment. It brings peace, freedom from anxiety, and acceptance. Studies show that meditation reduces rates of cognitive decline and dementia while improving focus and attention. Find out what all the buzz is about and discover why 20 minutes of silence a day can transform your life.

Please arrive by 12:45 PM. The class will start promptly at 1:00 PM.

RSVP to to receive the Zoom link.

For more Village and community events, check out our monthly activity calendar on the Community Connections page of our website. 

Meet Village Volunteer Jim Lockwood

VWW Volunteer Jim Lockwood

Jim learned about Village Without Walls at a group meeting at a member’s house. He liked the idea of supporting people so they can age in their homes where most want to be. He has only one son and no grandchildren, so he understands the need for the non-family support of a village.

Jim loves helping people and started volunteering as a VWW handyman. He helps a group of members, who he has enjoyed getting to know, with home maintenance and repair projects. His volunteer work is greatly appreciated. 

Jim was born and raised in the Los Angeles, California area. As an adult, Jim moved to the rural Junction City, Oregon area with his wife, but the marriage did not last. Then Jim moved around and was in the casino business for ten years. He was always an entrepreneur and spent many years living full time in an RV, traveling, and doing a variety of jobs.

In 2012, he wanted to settle down with his present housemate and looked for rentals west of Portland. They were in a cabin in the hills at first. Seven years ago, they found a small wood-heated house to rent on a 500-acre nut farm in the Cornelius area. They have a large vegetable garden behind the house. They are part of the Tualatin Valley Garden Club and sell some of their produce at the Hillsboro Farmers Market. Jim especially enjoys growing garlic.

Jim is an avid woodworker and likes to create décor and custom picture frames with old wood. When he was in California, he dismantled 100-year-old barns for the wood. He rents part of a barn where he lives for a woodshop. He makes arts and crafts in February and March, then travels to art and craft shows throughout the Northwest in the summer to sell his artisan creations.

Bikers Save Spider Monkey

When a pair of bikers in Brazil found this spider monkey lost and lonely in the middle of a rural road, they weren't sure what to do. Watch this video for the heartwarming story of how they approached and befriended her, then brought her back to safety.

Watch the video below for ASL and ISL versions of Breadcrumbs by Ella Joy Meir, which is the song that accompanies the story above.

Are you or is someone you know experiencing isolation or loneliness?

Isolation and loneliness can be dangerous for seniors anytime, but right now the stakes are higher than ever. The Oregon Senior Peer Outreach Line (1-833-736-4676; se habla español) and the Oregon Senior Loneliness Line (503-200-1633) are available at any time for older adults experiencing loneliness and isolation. 

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

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

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Village Without Walls
1333 NE Orenco Station Pkwy., #572
Hillsboro 97124

Village Without Walls is a member of the Villages NW nonprofit Hub & Spoke Network.

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