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June 2 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 villagewwnewsletter@gmail.com so we can share with the group!

Washington County Approved for Phase 1 Reopening as of June 1
downtown Hillsboro street

Phase 1 reopening will allow limited reopening of restaurants and bars, personal services (hair salons, barbers, massage therapists, and so on), gyms, and malls.

Gatherings of up to 25 people will be allowed for recreational, social, cultural, civic, or faith events—with physical distancing.

Learn more at Washington County’s COVID-19 website.

Aloha and Forest Grove Farmers Markets Opening This Week

vegetables at a farmers market

Aloha Farmers Market

Thursdays starting June 4, 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM at Farmington Market Place (17675 SW Farmington Road, Aloha). Drive-thru market only. Please review the To Dos for Customers in the COVID-19 Safety Plan.

Forest Grove Farmers Market

Wednesdays starting June 3, 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM on Main Street between 21st and Pacific Ave, Forest Grove. Please review the COVID-19 safety guidelines.

CASH Oregon Can Help Support Tax Filing During COVID-19

If you need help filing your taxes and your household makes below $69,000 a year, CASH Oregon, a program of Metropolitan Family Service, can help.

In response to COVID-19, CASH Oregon is taking its free Volunteer Tax Assistance to the phone. IRS-certified volunteers can answer your tax questions and guide you through filing your own taxes.

For more information, go to the CASH Oregon website or call the free tax help hotline at 503-966-7942. The hotline is available Monday to Wednesday 9 am to 4 pm.

Why Crafting Helps During the Coronavirus Pandemic

cartoon image of person knitting

When Julie Hatch Fairley’s mother died in 1998, the Fort Worth, Texas, resident struggled. Following advice from a counselor to spend an hour a day doing something that brought her joy, Fairley picked up a ball of yarn and began to knit her way through her grief. She eventually opened a yarn shop to share her love of knitting with others.

Picking up an old craft or delving into a new one is a positive way to get through the coronavirus pandemic, according to mental health experts. And there is science to back up the notion that crafting has healing properties—a 2013 study published by the British Journal of Occupational Therapy showed a significant relationship between knitting frequency and feelings of calm and happiness.

Read the full article by Charu Suri in the Washington Post.

Explore the World with Explore.org

livestream of a baby panda

Explore.org hosts dozens of live feeds for wildlife viewing, animal sanctuaries, rescue organizations, and so on. See great gray owl nests, watch underwater nature talks, and view the aurora borealis—all in real time. The site also features films on a wide range of topics, from animal rights and the environment to education and spirituality.

Delivered in short, digestible bites, these films are designed to appeal to viewers of all ages, from children learning about other cultures for the first time to adults looking for a fresh perspective on the world around them.

Virtual Village Happy Hour (Now on Zoom)

Friday, June 5 - 4:00 PM

Click https://us04web.zoom.us/j/71630485791 or call 253-215-8782 (audio only). Everyone is welcome.

Video of the Week: The Longest Time, Quarantine Edition

The Phoenix Chamber Choir in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada teamed up with 15 other choral groups to create this social distancing version of Billy Joel’s classic song The Longest Time.

Are you or 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 this week. Stay home, stay healthy!

And don't forget: send your favorite videos, classes, articles, and practical tips to us at villagewwnewsletter@gmail.com.

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