Help your neighbors.
Help your neighborhood.
Be a part of
THE BIG PICKUP:
ALBANY COMMUNITY ACTION DAY
Saturday, May 18, 2013
invasive plants during The Big Pickup each spring encourages natives to
thrive. These, along Cox Creek, are Oregon grape, Indian plum and
Big Pickup, Albany's annual spring neighborhood cleanup, will focus
this year on the area east of Century Drive NE between Earl and Dian
Avenues. Area residents can get rid of unwanted junk, trash, yard
debris, and tires between 9 and 11:30 a.m. that day. Community
volunteers will be working in the area as well, picking up roadside
litter and doing other work at a school and in city parks.
Albany City Council invites service, church, and civic groups to
participate and they welcome suggestions for other projects that day to
improve Albany's appearance - landscaping a curbside planter strip,
planting trees, or helping a neighbor with yard work are some examples.
will gather and register for their assignments at the Linn County Expo
Center, south end of the parking lot on Dogwood Avenue, starting at 8:30
a.m. All who help out can come back to the registration area for
an appreciation lunch at noon.
Big Pickup is part of a communitywide volunteer effort that includes
the spring stream cleanup and Republic Service's annual Recycle Roundup.
It is sponsored by the City of Albany and Republic Services.
For more information, contact Heather Slocum at 541-791-0058 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Let her know by Friday, May 10, 2013, what you'd like to do and how many people will participate.
Thanks for helping to pick up Albany!
Celebrate Earth Day at Farmers' Market April 20
Albany Farmers' Market opens on Saturday, April 20, in the City Hall
parking lot at Fourth Avenue and Ellsworth Street SW. Celebrate
Earth Day there from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. with information activities
for all ages, provided by the City of Albany, Republic Services, OSU
Extension Service Linn County, and other environmental organizations.
Visitors can crawl
inside 29-foot-long Claudia Chinook to view the complete life cycle of a
Chinook salmon. Other displays and information include water
conservation; reducing waste, reusing goods, and recycling; composting;
and dog-friendly giveaways.
- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
- Dog-friendly giveaways
For more information, contact Heather Slocum at 541-791-0058 or email@example.com
Let's G.O. (Get Outside)
Albany Parks & Recreation is hosting three activities to get you, your family, and friends outside in April.
- Talking Water Gardens tour: Saturday,
April 13, 10:30 a.m.-noon. See how the gardens have grown in the
past year. This engineered wetlands facility is designed to reduce
water temperature, restore riparian forest and wetlands, promote
wildlife habitat, and create a living laboratory that brings wetland
science to life. Board the bus at 10:00 a.m. at Carino's Italian
Restaurant for a free trip and tour.
- Procession of the Species: Saturday,
April 20. Join this community celebration of the environment
through art, music, and dance in a parade that weaves its way through
downtown and back. The Procession begins on Fourth Avenue in front
of the Linn County Courthouse at 10 a.m. Call 541-791-0058
- Geocache demonstration:
Saturday, April 27. Geocaching is a real-world outdoor
treasure hunt where groups work together to locate hidden containers
using GPS-enabled devices. Meet at the Albany Senior Center, 489
Water Avenue NW, at 10:30 a.m. for an introduction before heading out in
search of caches at 12:30 p.m. Bring your GPS-enabled device.
Call 541-917-7777 to register.
Touch-read water meters replacing older residential models
The City of Albany is replacing residential water meters that are more
than 20 years old with a new model that allows meter readers to take
On older model
meters, readers must open the lid to record water use numbers each
month. The new Sensus iPerl meters have an electronic touch pad that
gives a reading without needing to open the lid. The new meters are
further distinguished from the older models with a white cover plate.
The iPerl is lead-free, has no moving parts, and is warranted to be accurate for at least 20 years.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 541-917-7600.
Rules for accessible parking in lots, on streets
What is accessible or "handicapped" parking? Why aren't there
more spaces for people with disabilities? Why is accessible
parking required in that parking lot?
The state of
Oregon sets the laws and standards regarding accessible parking in
parking lots and includes specifications for the number of accessible
spaces and how they are designed. Almost every parking lot is
required to have accessible parking of some kind. Businesses,
places of employment, medical offices, and City Hall are all
examples. The City of Albany enforces the state requirements and
investigates complaints when they arise.
facilities with only on-street parking may not have a designated
accessible space. Often, businesses share spaces on the
streets. Albany has a few spaces like this in the downtown area.
They include areas near the Linn County Courthouse, Linn County
Armory Building, and the state employment office. The federal
government has studied accessible parking significantly, and the City
strives to meet those guidelines in order to provide the best level of
access possible for citizens with disabilities.
benefits a large portion of the community and has a direct effect on
people's daily lives. Helping property owners to develop good
parking is a goal of the City's Accessibility Program. If you have
questions or concerns about accessible parking anywhere in Albany, call
Lisa Bennett, Disability Access Coordinator, at 541-497-6225.
Watercolor Society of Oregon in Albany April 5-7
Society of Oregon will hold its spring 2013 conference April 5-7 at the
Holiday Inn Express, Albany; and three events associated with the show
are open to the public.
- Mary Ann Beckwith, juror for the convention, will
attend a public reception at the host hotel from 4-6 p.m. Friday,
April 5. Beckwith is a professor of art at Michigan
Technological University and a prominent and titled member of the
watercolor community throughout the United States.
- An artists' reception will be held at Albany City Hall, 333 Broadalbin Street SW, 4:30-6 p.m. Saturday, April 6.
Hall will also be open on Sunday, April 7, from 1-4 p.m. where
more than six dozen watercolor paintings will be displayed through
the month of April.
While in Albany,
artists will be found painting at Albany Regional Museum, the Historic
Carousel and Museum, at the Wheelhouse overlooking the Willamette River,
and on porches in the historic districts.
Society of Oregon has about 900 members; 200-300 are expected at the
Albany convention. For more information about the society and the
convention, visit http://www.watercolorsocietyoforegon.com/.