Dual expos this week; public works facility hearing; Hang it all at the Library in November; Climate Change in the Northwest; Medicare questions to be answered

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Double expos feature “Healthy Living”

You’ll have your choice of two expos Thursday in Florence, each promoting a healthy lifestyle.

At the Florence Events Center, the “Good Life, Boomer and Senior Expo” will provide information aimed directly at the senior population in Florence.  Siuslaw News General Manager Jenna Bartlett said the expo is aimed at meeting the needs of a diverse senior population.  It will offer 30 different booths with tips and information about how to stay healthy and independent.

At Three Rivers Casino and Resort, the focus will be on healthy eating as four teams of resort employees will be competing in a special “Culinary Challenge”.  Chefs from the resort will also be providing several healthy cooking demonstrations… and offering samples.

Both expos are free to the public… the Good Life expo at the FEC is from ten to three with free BJ’s Ice Cream at one… the casino event is from 11 to three.

City seeking approval for Public Works facility

The Florence Planning Commission will hear a request this week for a conditional use permit to locate a new municipal public works facility in the Kingwood Business Park.

The City of Florence wants to construct two buildings; one a 6-thousand square foot office and headquarters; the other a 77-hundred square foot maintenance facility; on 26th Street just off Kingwood.

Zoning does allow the use conditionally, but only after review by the Planning Commission.

Staff at City Hall has prepared a report recommending approval of the use, but it does include several conditions that must be met and maintained.

The Commission will conduct a public hearing on the proposal at City Hall tomorrow evening.

November “Hang it all” at Library

An “all-comers” art show at Siuslaw Public Library will begin accepting entries next week.  The “Hang It All” show is held every November at the library.

Mary Colgan-Bennetts with the library says two-dimensional art;  paintings, photographs and prints; must be framed and wired for hanging and must not exceed a 38-inch-by-38-inch square.  Three dimensional art such as pottery, sculpture or others must be able to fit within the lobby display case… they can be up to 12 inches deep, 12 inches wide and 24-inches in height.

The show is not judged, but Colgan-Bennetts said there will be a “people’s choice” award presented at the end of the month.

Entries will be accepted only next Tuesday, November 1st between ten am and four pm.

Watershed Council talks climate change

A presentation on the changing northwest climate will be given Wednesday evening when the Siuslaw Watershed Council meets in a special “upriver” meeting.

The October general meeting of the council will be held at the Lorane Grange near the headwaters of the Siuslaw River, Wednesday at 6:30.

Dr. Gabrielle Roesch-McNally from the Northwest Regional Climate Hub will explain how Oregon is projected to experience longer and drier summers along with warmer winters with less snow.

Medicare questions to be answered

A free medicare information session will be held at Lane Community College tomorrow.  It’s part of the monthly “aging series” presented by Peace Harbor Home Health and Hospice.

Staff will talk about the basic Medicare programs, along with the supplements and advantage plans, as well as prescription drug coverage.

The session is from 11 am to Noon Tuesday at LCC on Oak Street.  There’s no cost, but they do ask you to preregister by calling 997-8444.