Cottage Grove sentinel. (Cottage Grove, Or.) 1909-current, February 01, 2017, Page 10A, Image 10

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Habitat for Humanity holds Crab Feed
The Grove Café
and Lounge
This year, "13" is a lucky number
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11-year-old Kira plays the violin with other participants of Habitat for Humanity's annual Crab Feed held on Jan. 28.
n Saturday January
28, 2017, the Cottage
Grove area Habitat
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for Humanity organized a crab
feed at Our Lady of Perpetual
Help Catholic Church main hall to help fundraise for their mission
of building simple, decent homes in partnership with those who are
living in inadequate or substandard housing.
Linda Oxley, the Chief Executive Offi cer of the Cottage Grove
Area Habitat for Humanity opened the gathering by welcoming all
participants presents and recognizing and appreciating all volun-
teers and the role each one played in the whole event. She went
ahead to inform the people present of the role that Habitat for Hu-
manity and how everyone can participate in their program in the
The crab feed is an annual fundraising event in support of the
work of Habitat for Humanity and this year’s project is the con-
struction of the “lucky number 13 house.” According to Linda, they
refer to this project as “lucky number 13” because most people as-
sociate number 13 with bad luck. “We don’t want this house to be
associated with bad luck because it’s the house number 13 that we
are constructing and to some people, number 13 is always consid-
ered not a lucky number, to us it’s a lucky number hence house
lucky number 13.” She added.
The lucky number 13 house that is to be constructed by the Cot-
tage Grove area Habitat for Humanity is a three bedroom family
house with two baths, a large living room, dinning , kitchen, utility,
a porch and garage area and indeed just as the name suggests, is a
lucky number 13 house for that lucky family.
The four and half hour crab feed dinner was planned in a way that
enabled the organizers to host two similar dinners in the same venue
and serve an average of 300 people. Being that the main hall would
only accommodate a maximum of 150 people at any one particular
time, the organizers arranged for the fi rst dinner to be served be-
Vision 2037
Vision Keepers
Committee Members Needed
tween 4:00pm – 6:00pm and the second dinner to start from 6.30pm
through to 8.30pm.
Organizers ensured that the crab served in this event was fresh
of the freshest having being brought from the Oregon coast that
Saturday morning making it not only delicious but delicious-fresh.
With pomp and color, the crab feed dinner had wonderful vol-
unteers who enabled the organizers achieve their goal for the day.
Several volunteers including the Cottage Grove High School kids,
The “Almost Home” band, The Busters Main Street Café among
others made the event smooth and successful as the organizers had
wished for.
The Cottage Grove High School students clad in blue T-shirts,
helped set up the hall, register participants as they came in, serve
the dinner, cleaned the tables after meals and general cleaning of the
premises after the whole event and guiding and helping participants
with any questions or diffi culties during the entire fundraise period.
On the other hand, the “Almost Home” band of Cottage Grove
entertained the participants with their enjoyable music. The 200
year old band was happy to show the skills of its youngest member,
11 year old Kira who is excellent in playing violin and singing.
The little girl gave the occasion another angle of entertainment that
was enjoyed and appreciated by most people who listened to her
The Busters Main Street Café also participated in this wonderful
event by sending out some of its employees to volunteer and help
in different capacities. But that was not all, in addition to the vol-
unteering squad; the Busters Main Street Café produced 200 gift
certifi cates worth $25 for sale for only $10 to participants of the
Crab Feed extravaganza. All the proceeds from these sales will be
given to the Cottage Grove Area Habitat for Humanity in support
of their mission.
A new house is coming for a lucky family soon. The Cottage
Grove area Habitat for Humanity says thank you to all who partic-
ipated in this event.
Th e Vision Keeper Committee welcomes applications from
interested persons who would like to serve a two year term as
an “at-large” member of the committee ( 2 positions available).
Applicants will be interviewed and then confi rmed by the
Cottage Grove City Council.
Th e role of the Vision Keepers is to monitor progress of
the Cottage Grove 2037 Vision Action Plan, encourage
implementation of actions, provide technical assistance or
support where appropriate, produce annual progress reports,
and recommend minor modifi cations to the plan as necessary.
Th e Vision Keepers will hold quarterly team progress meetings,
and will develop annual awards to recognize individuals
or organizations for exceptional service toward promoting
achievement of the Cottage Grove 2037 Action Plan.
Applications are available at City Hall and at the Cottage Grove
Public Library, and should be returned by Friday February
13, 2017, at 5:00 PM to: Teresa Cowan, City of Cottage Grove
Community Coordinator, 400 Main Street, Cottage Grove,
Oregon 97424, Email:, Phone:

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Brightening Lives
One Smile at a Time
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