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May 26 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!

Washington County Reopening Updates

Because Washington County is not yet entering Phase 1 of reopening, dine-in restaurants and personal care services will stay closed for now. But under Oregon Governor Kate Brown’s May 15 directive, several types of businesses and services are now available.

This graphic provides a broad overview of what can open and what stays closed under the Governor's directive. Once Washington County's reopening plan is approved, this list will be updated.

For a detailed look at baseline reopening measures, visit

StoryCorps Connect Now Enables Remote Interviews During COVID-19

Since 2003, StoryCorps has been creating an oral history of American life. This collection of audio interviews, which is housed in the Library of Congress, aims to to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world.

Until recently, all StoryCorps interviews had to be conducted in a special mobile recording booth. Now, however, the organization has launched StoryCorps Connect—a first-of-its kind platform that enables you to record a StoryCorps interview with a friend or loved one remotely using video conference technology. The audio and a still photo from each interview will become part of American history, and hundreds of years from now, future generations will listen in.

Recording an interview is a simple process. Learn more at

Appalachia's Front Porch Network is a Lifeline

man loading packages on a school bus

On any given day in Appalachia, you can find gifts left on front porches for the people inside: mushrooms just foraged, cookies freshly baked. The porch is an extension of the home in Appalachia—not only a gathering spot for conversation, but a traditional sharing place. If you want to exchange items or deliver food, you put them on a person's porch.

Now, because of COVID-19, these practices are becoming more important than ever. It’s not homemade food appearing on neighbor’s porches so much as home-sewn masks, or bags of groceries being left at the homes of senior citizens. And while school buses are no longer shuttling children to and from schools in the region, the buses are certainly not parked and empty.

In this article, writer Alison Stine from Yes Magazine examines how school bus drivers in the region are using Appalachia’s informal porch network to keep families fed and connected. Read the full article here.

Event: Building Communities for All Ages

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According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of Americans age 65 or older is projected to grow by almost 50 percent from 2016 to 2030. An average American child who is 10 years old today has a 50% chance of living to 100 or beyond. Many Oregon communities are at the leading edge of this demographic shift. How can our communities prepare for the future?

Join this AARP Oregon event to hear from local and national leaders who are involved in age-friendly efforts. Learn about strategies for making communities more livable for people of all ages, abilities, races, and incomes. All attendees are welcome.

Thursday, May 28 - 10:00 AM to 11:15 AM

Registration required. Sign up at;F:QS!10100&ShowUUID=A09A50A3-0121-4586-B8DF-1F439692D39E.

Event: Virtual Village Happy Hour

Friday, May 29 - 4:00 PM

Click at the time of the happy hour or call (646) 749-3129 (audio only). Bring your own beverage! Everyone is welcome.

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. 

Video of the Week: Melbourne Zookeeper Caught Dancing on the Giraffe Cam

The Melbourne Zoo began livestreaming some of its animal enclosures online so people could still “visit” the animals while practicing COVID-19 social distancing measures. One of the zookeepers decided to take this opportunity to put on this cheeky dancing display for online viewers.

And finally... a little inspiration for the week.

Watch Voices Rock Medicine, a choir of women physicians from Toronto, Canada, sing Rise Again by Leon Dubinsky—virtually.

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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