For those interested in leaving their stamp on Steamboat Alley Projects’s soon-to-be paved walkway, tiles are available:
Steamboat Alley underground utility line (NOT a gas line) is being revamped this week, according to Jamie Cummings of Steamboat Alley Project.
Photo courtesy Jamie Cummings
August 21 YOU are invited to leave a lasting impression for years to come. Meet with painters and artists of all ages 10 a.m. and create a masterpiece. Bring brushes and rollers, along with blue, green, brown or white paint to breathe life into river, trees and of course Mt St Helens - past, present and future. Bring the family.
Can you accept one more accolade?
This one from Gary Whiteside of Common Ground Garden Community via Facebook, on Monday’s collaborative display of Toledo Spirit.
It begins: To all the dedicated volunteers:
Toledo Elementary Parent Teacher Organization (TESPTO) Kid’s Closet supports kids K-12 by providing the basics August 15-19. Donations welcomed. Details including hours and contact info on Toledo School District Facebook page, link here.
Recap: Wednesday’s Park Board meeting convened at City Council Chambers 3 p.m.
Minutes from the last meeting were approved.
Secy's Report: Request next month's meeting convene 3rd week instead of customary 2nd week...approved.
New Park signs (2) "Park Closed dusk to dawn" requested due to unregistered visitors at all hours. Jill Davis, City of Toledo: Cost runs about $80 for two signs. Rick Kindle, Kemp Olson Park on-site contact clarified "It's not registered campers (using the showers), but visitors trolling through the place at 2 and 3 a.m.” Posting signs would establish a basis for Kindle to send after-hours wanderers packing. "Open Dawn to Dusk" would frame reasonable access hours for visitors other than registered campers.
Regarding the fire pits: Kindle, on the topic of burn ban restrictions, witnessed 3 incidents of campers leaving fires unattended, wind kicking up the flames and endangering nearby trees. Currently the fire pits suffice as long as users remain close at hand, but improvements could be made to protect nearby areas from windblown sparks.
One Park Board member wondered if the RCO Grant recently applied for might include upgraded fire pits.
RCO Grant: City Clerk Jill Davis stated the final RCO Grant application paperwork had recently been submitted, that changes could not be made at this time, pending approval. Toledo's final presentation to the grant committee will be August 31 in Olympia.
Mike Morgan: Steamboat Alley Project update includes Wednesday's construction work on the underground utility line, to finish up shortly. He reported an email from Jamie Cummings, the Project's coordinator, outlined details on the August 21 painting party. Volunteers will set the river, forest and Mt St Helen backdrop for muralist Paolo De la Concha Zindel to finish her diorama rendition of Toledo's Past, Present and Future.
Walk in the Park September 24 Fundraiser update: Flyers are out, registration forms available, Facebook page up. Raffle basket donations are welcomed in addition to one of Esther Borte's noted handmade quilt creations.
Regarding the cookout for the event, Lions Club member Mike Morgan passed along a request for anticipated quantities of food needed.
Early Bird registration including T-shirt ends September 7th. Jill plans to hand out flyers at Toledo School's Meet The Teachers night August 25.
Veteran's Rose Garden: Katie Pomeroy has been maintaining the initial plantings, weeding and watering through the hot weather, and plans to install more plants after the temperatures drop, thanks to $100 vision:Toledo grant.
Discussion: As to the large Welcome To Toledo sign at Oregon Trail Marker, is it on church property or city property? Boundaries for a River's Edge style pocket park similar to the original at the Toledo Post Office to be installed would be important.
Vision:Toledo emails for Veteran's Day Parade were broadly distributed. One member remarked that K-Mart offers grants up to $100-200,000 May through August toward Western WA projects, potentially a source for Veterans projects. Worth looking into.
Did you spot it? Gallery 505 Artist Co-Op Opening Night gala IS August 11 (tonight) 4-8 p.m., not Tuesday. This concludes Toledo’s Readership Test Project. See you there.
Friday: Toledo Food Bank open second and fourth Fridays 10 a.m - 1 p.m behind City Hall.
Plus: Toledo High School JV Cheer Team hosts Movie Night screening Zootopia 6 p.m. at Toledo Elementary. District Facebook page link here.
Support: Al-Anon Courage To Change AFG, 7 p.m. Fridays at Toledo Presbyterian Church, 312 Augustus.
And: Cowlitz Prairie Grange Jam Night 7:00 p.m. second, fourth and fifth Fridays. Performers and supporters welcome. Donation at door. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (360)262-3696.
32nd Annual Mt St Helens Bluegrass Festival August 12-14 at Toledo High School. Vision:Toledo Facebook link here.
Photos from TOT archives unless otherwise noted.
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