July 10, 2020 T he C olumbia P ress 8 This weekend and beyond Church plans old-time revival Relay to honor survivors virtually A virtual Luminaria Cer- emony to honor loved ones lost to cancer will be held from 9 to 10:30 p.m. Satur- day, July 11. The ceremony also honors those still fight- ing to survive. “We need you to help us light up the night with hope and share our love, our hearts and our spirits in honoring cancer survivors and let them know that we are here for them,” writes Laura Parvi, an organizer with Clatsop County Relay for Life. Participants are asked to make a $5 donation for a luminary bag, which can be lit on the porch during cer- emony hours, sending the community a virtual hug and letting them know they’re not alone. To participate, send an email to Parvi at lauraann- firstname.lastname@example.org. Anchor Baptist Church plans an eight-day Old-Fash- ioned Gospel Tent Meeting. Service times are at 1 and 7 p.m. on Sundays, July 12 and 19, and at 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday of the week in-between. The event is free and host- ed by Anchor’s pastor, Kevin Byers, and includes preach- ers and speakers from eight churches in Oregon and Washington. The tent will be at 809 W. Marine Drive with park- ing available at the church, and at Dairy Queen, Astoria Cleaners and Re/Max. Participants must bring a mask; hand sanitizer and touch thermometers will be used to ensure attendees will be safe. More information is avail- able by calling Pastor Byers at 503-440-5558. New book club geared to leaders Cooking class for A biweekly virtual book club hosted by David Reid kicks off July 15. The Books & Brews: Lead- ership Book Club is read- ing “Dare to Lead” by Brene Brown. Club host Reid is executive director of the Astoria-War- renton Area Chamber of Commerce. The group will meet on Zoom from 4 to 5 p.m. every other Wednes- day. Each week, Reid will host the discussion from a lo- cal business that serves fine brews, organizers said. To sign up, call the Clatsop Small Business Development Center at 503-338-2402. those with cancer A free cooking class for cancer patients who are newly diagnosed, in treat- ment or who have recently completed treatment will be held 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tues- day, July 21, at the North Coast Food Webb, 577 18th St., Astoria. The class is co-sponsored by the CMH-Knight Cancer Collaborative and open to support persons. Registration is required by calling 503-338-4520. Classes can accommodate those with restricted mobil- ity or dietary issues, with notice. State improves health benefits application process Oregon Department of Hu- upgraded the system resi- man Services and Oregon dents use to apply for health Health Authority recently coverage. The upgrade is the first milestone in a larger project to make it easier to apply. The application can be found on the Oregon Health Plan’s website. Residents also can call 800-699-9075. The Oregon ONE system will continue to be upgraded, in phases, through February. Once the system is fully updated, Oregonians will be able to use a single online application to apply for cash, child care, food and medical benefits. “This upgrade is just the first step in improving the way the state delivers health and human services benefits to Oregonians and their fam- ilies,” DHS Director Fariborz Pakseresht said.