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The Coronavirus Disease COVID-19 pandemic is here in Oregon. Governor Kate Brown issued Executive Order 20-12. Worldwide, the virus has already killed nearly two million people, overwhelmed medical systems, millions have lost their jobs, many businesses are shuttered, and, experts say, this is far from over. To help you navigate how to respond to this public health challenge, below are some trusted sources of information for your review, including Frequently Asked Questions, the CARES Act, Unemployment and Small Business Resources:

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Elvis Presley Birthday Celebration Week – January 7-10

Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), also known simply as Elvis, was an American singer, musician and actor. He is regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century and is often referred to as the “King of Rock and Roll” or simply “the King”. His energized interpretations of songs and sexually provocative performance style, combined with a singularly potent mix of influences across color lines during a transformative era in race relations, led him to great success. Celebrate his birthday by rockin’ to some of his Biggest hits!

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COASSTLite! Virtual Training January 31!

Beachwatchers wanted for coastal observation and seabird survey team (coasst)!

On January 31 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST) will deliver a virtual training session for the residents of Southern Oregon. COASST participants help make a difference for the environment by collecting data on beach-cast carcasses of marine birds on a monthly basis to establish the baseline pattern of beached bird mortality on North Pacific beaches. Through an interactive workshop held via Zoom, trainees will become acquainted with COASST survey protocols, and have a chance to learn more about the seabirds that live in their area. The COASST training provides participants with the tools to monitor for potential changes in the marine environment and promote stewardship of local marine resources.

COASST is a citizen science project of the University of Washington in partnership with state, tribal, and federal agencies, environmental organizations, and community groups. COASST believes citizens of coastal communities are essential scientific partners in monitoring marine ecosystem health. By collaborating with citizens, natural resource management agencies and environmental organizations, COASST works to translate long-term monitoring into effective marine conservation solutions. Currently, nearly 1000 participants survey beaches in Washington, Oregon, California, and Alaska. The training session will be held at online via Zoom; attendees will need a computer or mobile device with a strong internet connection to stream a Zoom Webinar, with audio and/or video streaming capabilities. Participants need NO prior experience with scientific data collection, just a commitment to survey a specific beach at least once a month. Reserve your training spot by registering in advance at this Link.

Learn more by calling COASST at 206-221-6893, emailing coasst@uw.edu, or visiting our website at coasst.org. University of Washington School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences Box 355020 Seattle, WA 98195

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January is National Blood Donor Month!

January is the beginning of a new year and the perfect time to start the year celebrating National Blood Donor Month.

Due to increased seasonal illnesses during the winter months and inclement weather conditions, donations of blood and platelets decline and demand increases. The American Red Cross and Blood Banks of America encourage everyone who can to donate. Blood donation is safer than ever before and saves lives. Millions of people including cancer patients, organ recipients and victims of accidents, rely on blood donations from people like you and I.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Give blood. Don’t wait for a disaster. Someone needs blood now! Contact the American Red Cross for more information. Use #NationalBloodDonorMonth and #GiveBlood to share on social media. Here are some of the biggest reasons giving blood is so important.

  1. About 36,000 units of red blood cells and 7,000 units of platelets are needed every single day in the U.S.
  2. The most requested blood type by hospitals is Type O. This kind of blood can be transfused to patients of all blood types, so it’s always in great demand and very short supply. Only 7% of people in the U.S. have Type O.
  3. A single car accident victim may need up to 100 pints of blood to survive.
  4. About 6.8 million people donate blood every year in the U.S.
  5. 38% of our population is eligible to donate, but less than 10% actually do.
  6. Donating blood is a simple, safe process. All you have to do is register, take a mini medical history test, donate, and then accept free refreshments like water, juice, granola bars, etc.
  7. A single donation from a single patient can help three people!

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January is National Polka Month!

The concept of a national polka convention had been developed and pioneered originally in Chicago. From the popular yearly moonlight dances starting in 1960, which attracted thousands of polka lovers from all sections of the United States and Canada — the first polka convention emerged in 1963. This developed into the International Polka Convention which was presented each succeeding year in Chicago, Detroit and Buffalo, New York.

Check out The International Polka Association and these YouTube videos for more info on this fun and lively music!