Save the date

April 25
**I.V. residents are encouraged to attend the info meeting scheduled on April 25 at Wild River Pizza in C.J., starting at 7 p.m.. County staff will explain the poor condition of the current shelter, and what the new shelter will do for our community.
Did you know that in 2010 75% of all animals entering the shelter were euthanized? That is 3 out of 4. Thank goodness all those heartless people responsible for those decisions are now long gone, and the current staff has done an INCREDIBLE job reducing the euthanasia rate to be less than 5%, and primarily only to relief those animals that arrive with severe injuries or major diseases.
It is also a fact that our current shelter has 32 dog kennels and last year about 2,600 animals came through the door. This is not the shelter’s fault, but a problem only the community can solve. More kennels, more staff and the ability to provide in-house spay and neuter services are urgently needed. Currently about 1,000 animals per year have to be transported downtown for their surgeries and then picked up again. The cost for that is very high. But the proposed new shelter would have an in-house medical unit where the surgeries could be performed by a licensed veterinarian contracted to come into the shelter. This alone would save an incredible amount of $$$, on an ongoing/forever basis.
An additional forum will be held May 7, at the Anne Basker Auditorium in GP.

April 27
**3rd Annual Spring Art Show & Sale Saturday, April 27 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. at Healthy U, 535 E. River St., Cave Junction. Art with Ariana presents student work created at LBMS this year. This free event features live music and a bake sale to help fund “Learning Through Arts” (LTA), a free program sponsored by Illinois River Valley Arts Council in I.V. public schools. The public is also invited to come learn about Healthy U’s new program: “All Around Kids Community Preschool.” Call 541-592-4444 for more information.

May 14
**Illinois Valley Amateur Radio Club (IVARC) will be having our monthly meeting @ 6pm at Wild River Pizza in CJ. Come get free two-way radio training, pick up a pre-programmed radio or get free updates on your existing Baofeng radio. We have (3) weekly net check-ins on Mondays @ 7pm, starting on IVARC’S GMRS repeater, followed by unlicensed Simplex FRS 3 and MURS 3. New members are welcome and encouraged to join our net and attend our meetings. For more information, please visit our website Illinois Valley Amateur Radio Club (IVARC.org) or email: IVARC.org@proton.me

** The Elder Tree is a weekly senior connections group for elders (60+) in the I.V. Explore new interests, and share in group conversations and activities. There is no fee, and materials will be provided. Mondays 10:30-12 at Journey Home Support Services 140 S Redwood Hwy Cave Junction. Call 541-592-9170.
** Every Monday 3:30-5 p.m. is a Living with Loss grief support group at Journey Home Support Services 140 S Redwood Hwy 541-592-9170

** Food Pantry 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Cave Junction Adventist/Community Services Food Distribution, 265 S. Old Stage Rd. Volunteers are needed to help stock, date check, sort food, pack boxes and handout food boxes, etc. to volunteer please email cavejunctionacs@gmail.com. Contributions can by made out to the CJ Seventh-day Adventist Church and identify that they are in support of the Community Service by writing “CJACS” in the memo section of your check. Mail to: Cave Junction Seventh-day Adventist Church PO Box 330, Cave Junction, OR 97523

** Josephine County Weekly Business Session. First Wednesday of the month is at 6 p.m. All others 9 a.m. in the Ann Basker Auditorium in Grants Pass.

** Public Health Wednesdays: Pop Up Parks Outreach Program Jubilee Park noon- 2 p.m.- JoCo Food pantry, bottled water, wound care supplies, STD prevention materials & HIV testing, Max’s Mission for Narcan, camping gear as avaialble and more. and lunch served by I.V. Living Solutions. Sponsored by JoCo Public Health, I.V. Living Solutions and HIV Alliance. Call or text Laura Mancuso with I.V. Wellness Resources for info at 541-592-9781 or email ivwellnessresources@gmail.com.

**Every Wednesday 3:30 – 5 p.m. is a Living with Loss Grief Group (subjects such as overdose loss and suicide are shared) Journey Home Support Services 140 S Redwood Hwy 541-592-9170

** Al-Anon “Just For Today”, Thursday 12-1 p.m., Illinois Valley Family Resource Center, River Room, 535 East River Street, Cave Junction, Oregon
** Food Pantry at Bridgeview Church 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. at 5181 Holland Loop Rd. 541-592-3923

** Journey Home Support Services: Every Friday 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Advance Care Planning support available. Call to make an appt. call 458-592-0006

** East River Street Gardens is open to the public Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for work party, subject to change due to summer weather conditions. Children’s activities from noon to 2 p.m.. Free for everyone, all ages welcome.
** Take your bottles and cans to IVCanDo’s Cans for Kids behind the Chevron Station 10 – 2.

** Illinois Valley Soil & Water Conservation District will meet the fourth Thursday of the month January through October at 6 p.m. at their office- 331 E Cottage Park Drive suite 1B November and December meetings will be held the third Thursday.

** Illinois Valley Watershed Council will meet on the second Thursday of each month at 5 p.m. at the office at 331 E Cottage park Dr Suite 1B.

** Volunteers Wanted Josephine County Sheriff’s Office is seeking volunteers for the following; Staffing the Merlin and Cave Junction Substations; Patrol including providing vacation home checks, checking parks & boat ramps, locating and tagging abandoned vehicles. And providing court safety.

** Volunteers wanted for Illinois Valley Wellness Resources to assist senior and disabled residents in their home with light duty activities and /or socialization and to drive residents to doctor or grocery store. Gift cards are provided for volunteers. Background check and references required call 541-592-9781 or email ivwellnessresources@gmail.com.

** HIV Alliance offers services in Cave Junction every Tuesday from noon – 3 p.m. at Immanuel United Methodist Church (across from Shop Smart). Services include: Free and confidential HIV and Hep C testing. Needle Exchange and drop box (all syringes welcome), and overdose response and Naloxone training.