Tour the woods, have some barbecue, and learn

McMINNVILLE — The Yamhill Small Woodlands Association (YSWA), in conjunction with the Yamhill Soil & Water Conservation District and the OSU Extension Service, will hold its annual summer barbecue and tour at 5 p.m. July 30 at Miller Woods, 15580 N.W. Orchard View Road. The organizers will provide food and drink, but ask that attendees bring a lawn chair if they would prefer not to sit on a picnic bench. The event is open to the public and they need not be a YSWA member to attend. For more information or reservations, call Mike Barnes at 1-503-843-2173 or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Forester James Riedman and OSU Extension Service forester Amy Grotta will lead the tour through Miller Woods, an educational demonstration forest managed by the YSWCD. The pair will highlight the woods’ thinning project, discussing the objectives and how they will be carried out.

Train in September to become a senior peer counselor

SALEM — Northwest Senior and Disability Services (NWSDS) — which operates in Yamhill, Marion and Polk counties — will hold an orientation on becoming a senior peer counselor from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 18. Training is set for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 24.

Counselors are trained to directly influence the lives of older adults struggling with the transitions of life. They provide free, confidential, supportive mentoring to older adults experiencing depression, loneliness, grief and changes in physical health. Volunteers, who must be a minimum 45 years old and provide their own transportation (mileage is reimbursed), are assigned to clients in geographic areas close to their homes and typically commit 10 to 12 hours a month. For more information or an application, call NWSDS’ Jeff Lukehart at 1-503-304-3414, 1-503-435-3413 or email him at jeff.lukehart@

Find the time to save a life

The American Red Cross will hold its next local blood drive from 1:30 to 7 p.m. Aug. 1 at Zion Lutheran Church, 301 S. River St. Because of increased accidents and more people in area hospitals in the summer, blood is in short supply and the Red Cross is putting out the call for more donors. Blood may be donated every 56 days and each visit takes about an hour. Call 1-800-RED-CROSS or go to (sponsor code NewbergCommunity) to make an appointment for the August blood drive.

Providence rehab providing free youth heart screening

Providence Newberg Rehabilitation will provide free heart screening to youth between the ages of 12 and 18 from 5 to 9 p.m. July 25 at its 500 Villa Road location. A second round of free screenings will also be held from 5 to 9 p.m. at Providence Sherwood Rehabilitation, 16770 Edy Road. Screenings include an electrocardiogram, a blood pressure reading, a heart-health questionnaire and, if needed, an echocardiogram. Screenings are available only appointment and can be scheduled by calling 503-216-6800.

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