2022 Summer Activity Guide and New Vaccine Information

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

In the next ten days, we will likely hear a decision from the U.S. Supreme Court that may overturn Roe v. Wade and eliminate 40 years of precedent regarding women's rights.  If this comes to pass, it will also challenge the very notion of precedent, which has been at the core of our judicial system for over 200 years.  We have never lost a Constitutional right in this country, and we now face a precipice that would result in abortion being banned in nearly half the states.  As a mother, grandmother, and Legislator, this is an issue that I feel very strongly about, and I cannot let the moment pass without acknowledging the importance of choice for all women in this country and the dangerous precedent of this ruling.

In Oregon, we believe access to abortion shouldn’t depend on who you are or where you live. Oregon voters have repeatedly voted to protect safe, legal and accessible abortions and reproductive healthcare across the state. Strong pro-choice leaders in the Legislature and the Governor’s office have passed some of the strongest abortion access laws in the country–laws that have already served as a model for other states.  In fact, Oregon does not have any of the major types of abortion restrictions—such as waiting periods, mandated parental involvement or limitations on publicly funded abortions—often found in other states.

Now, we're committed to further expanding access and protections to abortion. As the Supreme Court looks to overturn Roe v Wade, Oregon is prepared to continue to provide legal, accessible, and safe abortions. We should also be prepared, as Oregon could experience a potential 234% increase in people traveling to the state.

Every single human being should have the freedom to decide if and when they have children, based on what’s best for them and their family’s circumstances. Access to abortion shouldn’t depend on who you are or where you live.  

To be clear, abortion is and will continue to be legal, safe, and accessible in Oregon and I, and my Pro-Choice colleagues in the State Legislature, will continue to be committed to reproductive freedom—no matter what decision the Supreme Court makes. 

Generations before us have fought tirelessly to gain and protect the rights we have today. We will not back down. I hope you will join me in doing all we can to make sure everyone has the power to control their own bodies, lives, and futures.  For more information on how to advocate for Choice, I recommend visiting the Planned Parenthood Action Page.


Pro Choice events


Above: Rallying for Choice with colleagues and my daughter, Emily, who previously served as the Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Advocates for Oregon. 


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As a Co-Chair of the Interstate 5 Bridge Committee, I have also been very busy meeting with Oregon and Washington colleagues and advocates on the Interstate Bridge Replacement Program.  Both the Oregon and Washington state legislatures are working hard to ensure that we have a replacement process focused on the three "Es" of equity, environment and economic interests. I had the pleasure of working with Washingon State Senator Annette Cleveland recently on a video that highlights the importance of the Bridge in connecting our two states.  Watch the video by clicking on the image below or by going here.

I5 Bridge Video




Summer Reading in Forest Grove


Summer Reading at the Forest Grove Library

Once again this year for Summer Reading the library will be distributing free books to youth (ages 0-18), so that families will take advantage of the free books to keep reading and learning throughout the summer. Receive one free book when you sign-up for the reading incentive program, and earn an additional book when you complete your reading tracker. Registration is required for the reading program.

They will also be hosting a variety of fun and educational events and activities for kids and teens this summer. Check their calendar for the most up-to-date information.  


Ready, Set, Read!: Cornelius Library Summer Reading Challenge

Summer Activities Log: Participate in two prize drawings starting June 1 - August 7 by completing the week's activity and earn a ticket entry to the first or second drawing, either

  • ​Online through Beanstack OR
  • On paper, cut out the activity in the Kids Activity Log and return it to the library service desk
  • On paper, cut out the activity in the Teens Activity Log and return it to the library service desk
  • On paper, cut out the activity in the Adults Activity Log and return it to the library service desk

First drawing held Tuesday, July 5 | Second drawing held Tuesday, August 9


Summer Reading Program



Forest Grove Spray Park 

Summer has finally arrived!  The Spray Park will be open for Preschool Playtime (1-2 pm Tues, Th., Sat. & Sun) and all Public Swims (2-4 pm every day - including weekends & 7:15-8:45 pm every weekday).

Forest Grove Spray Park



Hillsboro's Summer Activities Guide!


Hillsboro Summer Activities Program



Summer School Opportunities


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Forest Grove - Summer of Fun & Learning:

Students who are going into 1st - 6th grade can register for Summer of Fun & Learning. Starts June 27 and goes through July 21. Subjects of study will be literacy, math, STEM fun and art. 

Cornelius Elementary: Grades 1-4 for Cornelius, Echo Shaw and Fern Hill

Tom McCall West: Grades 1-4 for Dilley, Harvey Clarke, Joseph Gale and the Community School. Grades 5-6 for Tom McCall and Echo Shaw.


Hillsboro Summer Programs

There will be many opportunities this summer for Summer School thanks to targeted funds received from state and federal sources to support COVID relief. Every school will offer something, and many schools will have multiple offerings taking place throughout the summer. Please see this video for more information or click on the image below:

Hillsboro Summer School Video




Forest Grove Viking

F.G. Girls Wrestling Ranked 19th Nationally!

I would like to extend my sincerest congratulations to the Forest Grove High School Girls Wrestling Team for their amazing accomplishments this year.  First, they won the OSAA Girls Wrestling State Championship!  And now, a national committee has ranked the team 19th in the nation!  They are the only Oregon school to make the top-30 rankings. 

I am truly inspired by the athleticism and many hours of hard work leading to the girls’ victories this year. Even more impressive, this is the first time Forest Grove High School has won the State Championship and been ranked nationally.  I am so encouraged to see these young women strive for achievement and have success as athletes and young leaders. Congratulations again on all your success - you have made us all very proud!



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Congratulations Forest Grove American Legion on Hosting National Commander

Congratulations to the American Legion Forest Grove Post 2, for hosting the National Commander of the American Legion, Paul Dillard, at their Post on Tuesday.  It is a well-deserved honor to host the visit and no doubt in recognition for their contributions to our community.  The Forest Grove Post organizes an annual flag disposal ceremony, a local Boy Scouts of America branch, and helps organize the city's annual Sept. 11 memorial.



Visit Forest Grove and Cornelius Farmers Markets 

Our community is fortunate to have an organization like Adelante Mujeres, who created and runs our local farmers markets in both Cornelius and Forest Grove.  For more information on the markets, including the history in the community, dates, and locations, please read on:


Forest Grove Farmers Market

Forest Grove Farmers Market

In 2005, Adelante Mujeres launched the Forest Grove Farmers Market, fostering cross-cultural exchange during this family-focused community event. We strive to provide an outlet for small farmers and food producers so that they may connect with the community by offering fresh, local goods.

One of the most diverse events in the area, the outdoor Forest Grove Farmers Market attracts a weekly average of more than 2,500 visitors of all ages and demographic groups to share good food and listen to local musicians.

Market vendors offer a wide selection of local goods ranging from fresh produce, eggs, meat, honey, baked goods and prepared foods to flowers, plant starts, hand-crafted soaps, wine, and more. The market also serves as a small-business incubator for businesses participating in the Regenerative Agriculture Program and the Empresas Small Business Development Program at Adelante Mujeres.

Every Wednesday, May 4 - October 26 from 4 PM - 8 PM
(September 21 - October 26 from 4 PM - 7 PM)

Main Street between 21st and Pacific Avenue in downtown Forest Grove, Oregon



Cornelius Farmers Market

Cornelius Farmers Market

Adelante Mujeres, in partnership with the City of Cornelius, launched the Cornelius Farmers Market (CFM) in the summer of 2020. The mission of CFM is to strengthen our local food system, economic vitality, and community identity. We do this by providing access to fresh, local, and artisan food products sold directly from the farmers and producers themselves. As a program of Adelante Mujeres, and just like the Forest Grove Farmers Market, the Cornelius Farmers Market also serves as a small-business incubator for businesses participating in the Regenerative Agriculture Program and the Empresas Small Business Development Program at Adelante Mujeres.

The Cornelius Farmers Market cultivates a space for sharing and celebrating cultural and community traditions through food, music, and artisan goods. Market vendors offer a wide selection of local products ranging from fresh produce, eggs, meat, honey, baked goods and prepared foods to clothing, cocktails, candles, and more.

The mission of the Cornelius City Council is to promote community involvement in building a safe, livable, and sustainable community by providing fair, efficient and effective public services. The Cornelius Farmers Market furthers the City vision for a vibrant and prosperous town center where we gather to eat, shop, and celebrate and exchange culture and ideas. As such, the City of Cornelius supports the Cornelius Farmers Market through provision of space, equipment, and supplies, as well as annual financial support.

Every Friday, June through Mid September 4 PM - 8 PM
(Mid September through the end of September 4 PM - 7 PM)

Behind the Cornelius Public Library at 1370 N. Adair Street in Cornelius, Oregon




Young Kids Eligible For Vaccine


Review Shows Vaccine is Safe for Children 6 Months and Older

Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup Finds Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna Vaccines Safe & Effective for Children 6 Months and Older

The Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup today completed its review of the federal process and has unanimously concluded that the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are safe and effective for children as young as 6 months old. The Workgroup provided its confirmation to the Governors of California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington this afternoon.

The Moderna two-dose vaccine series and the Pfizer three-dose vaccine series are now available to children as young as 6 months old. The Oregon Health Authority will inform health care providers that vaccinations for children as young as 6 months old can begin in Oregon as soon as Monday.

On Friday, June 17, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized the use of the vaccines in children as young as 6 months old, and the CDC affirmed that decision on Saturday. The Workgroup reviewed the federal decisions on Saturday and affirmed them today.

The Workgroup thoroughly reviewed safety and efficacy data for the vaccines. The Workgroup found that completion of either vaccine series produced antibody levels similar to those achieved in individuals aged 16-25 years. Observed vaccine reactions among infants aged 6-12 months and children aged 1 through 5 years were consistent with reactions to other vaccines routinely recommended for these age groups.

The Workgroup concluded that the benefits of completing either vaccine series substantially outweigh any known or likely risks. Immunization can be expected to reduce the numbers of COVID-19-related serious illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths in young children while facilitating their participation in normal educational, social and recreational activities.

Oregon, Washington, and Nevada joined California’s COVID-19 Scientific Safety Review Workgroup in October 2020. The workgroup, made up of nationally-acclaimed scientists with expertise in immunization and public health, has concurrently and independently reviewed the FDA’s actions related to COVID-19 vaccines. It will continue to evaluate other COVID-19 vaccines as they go through the federal process.

Statement from Oregon Governor Kate Brown:
“This is a long awaited moment for so many families. With today’s review by leading doctors, pediatricians, and health experts, Oregon parents and children can be confident in the safety and effectiveness of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines for children as young as 6 months old. It is completely normal for parents and kids to have questions about vaccines––I urge you to reach out to your family doctor, health care provider, or pharmacist and get your questions answered today.”

How to help kids through the vaccine process



Where can I get a vaccine or booster in Washington County?

All of the major health systems are providing COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters.  You can use this CDC tool to figure out when to get your booster. 

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Washington County Vaccine Team: The team is in the community five days a week providing vaccinations at schools, shelters, and other locations. These are walk-in clinics. No appointment, ID, or insurance is required. This schedule lists public clinics only. We are now giving additional boosters at these clinics. 

In-home vaccinations: Are you or a loved one unable to get to a vaccine clinic because of a disability or other physical or mental health barrier? See if you qualify for a free in-home vaccination by calling 503-846-8123, emailing us or filling out this form.

Tektronix: This is a walk-up clinic operated by Oregon Health Authority. It is located at 2540 SW Alan Blumlein Way (inside Building 58) in Beaverton. The clinic is open Thursday through Saturday from 12-7 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Beaverton Resource Center: This clinic takes place every Friday inside the Beaverton Resource Center, 13565 SW Walker Road. Make an appointment at Project Access Now's website

La Mixteca Oaxaca: This clinic is open every Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. It is operated by Oregon Health Authority and Vive NW. It is located at 1050 SE Walnut Street in Hillsboro. No appointments, ID, or health insurance required. Testing is also available at this site. Questions? Call the Vive NW hotline at 844-291-4970. 

Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center: Vaccination and testing at the new Hillsboro 7th Avenue clinic (226 SE 7th Ave) is open to all community members. You don't have to be a Virginia Garcia patient. Testing is drive-thru and vaccination is walk-up. Hours are M-F, 9a.m. to 4 p.m. You will need an appointment. Find more information at VG's website.

Centro Cultural: This clinic is located at 1110 N Adair Street in Cornelius. It is open on the last Saturday of each month from 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. No appointment, ID, or health insurance is required. Find more information at Centro's website




If you make it to the end of my weekly newsletter, you know that I love to post pictures of flowers I've taken in our local area.  I'm so grateful that we live in a place with such vibrant flora and agriculture, and I recognize pollinators' vital role in sustaining our delicate ecosystem.  Pollinator Week is an annual celebration advocating pollinator health and a time to raise awareness for pollinators and spread the word about what we can do to protect them. The great thing about Pollinator Week is that you can celebrate and get involved any way you like! Popular events include planting for pollinators, hosting garden tours, participating in online bee and butterfly ID workshops, and so much more.  Here are some resources that you can use to learn more about sustaining pollinators in your yard and the value that pollinators bring to our ecosystem:

General Facts About Pollination

Pollination Facts for Farmers & Ranchers

Pollination Facts for Gardeners

7 Things You Can Do For Pollinators

5 Things Kids Can Do To Help Pollinators

Pollinator Week 2022



This summer is forecasted to be cooler than last year, but we should still be prepared for some hot days.  Here are some tips to keep in mind when dealing with the heat, and if you need access to a Cooling Center in Washington County, please visit this interactive map to find the one nearest to you.  Please remember to check on your neighbors, especially older adults and anyone who might have a health condition that could put them at higher risk for heat-related illness.

Stay cool indoors

  • Stay in an air-conditioned indoor location as much as you can. 
  • Drink plenty of fluids (water is best), even if you don’t feel thirsty.
  • Take cool showers or baths.
  • Close your blinds and curtains to keep sunlight out.
  • If the temperature falls at night, open your windows to let the cool air in 
  • Use fans but do not rely on a fan as your primary cooling device when it is very hot. Instead, mist yourself with a spray bottle, and then use the fan to get the cooling benefits of evaporation.
  • Do not use your oven or do laundry on very hot days.
  • Eat small, light meals.

If you go outside

  • Drink plenty of fluids. Gatorade/sports drinks help if you are sweating a lot.
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Use sunscreen.
  • Exercise in the early morning when it tends to be cooler.
  • Avoid strenuous activity in the heat of the day.
  • Never leave children or pets in cars. Read more about pet safety here.
  • Get a baby pool or play in a sprinkler. Visit a local sprayground or fountain.
  • If you choose to swim or recreate in a local river or lake, be sure to wear a personal flotation device (life jacket) and take other safety precautions. More information on Red Cross page.


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Celebrate the 4th of July Responsibly

As we get closer to 4th of July, it is important to think about safety and responsibility.  Remember, Oregon law prohibits the possession, use, or sale of any firework that flies into the air, explodes, or travels more than 12 feet horizontally on the ground. Fireworks commonly called bottle rockets, Roman candles, and firecrackers, are illegal in Oregon without a permit. More details are available here.

Please also keep in mind that not everyone enjoys the noise that often accompanies this holiday.  Consider Veterans with PTSD or pets in your community, as more pets go missing on 4th of July weekend than any other time of the year.  There are legal low-noise fireworks available that you can consider purchasing in lieu of noisy ones that can be disruptive.

Keep it Legal
Pet Safety



Wildfire Resources


OEM has put together this list of contacts to help speed up the process of replacing these documents:

The Governor’s office has put together a Wildfire Resources page that you can access from the Governor’s home page.  It has links to many of the most important updates about the status of fires and resources for evacuees.  This website will be updated regularly.  

Legal ResourcesOregon State Bar’s Lawyer Referral Program, Oregon lawyers, through the Oregon State Bar, are partnering with FEMA and the American Red Cross to provide legal assistance on FEMA claims, contract claims, insurance claims, landlord-tenant matters and more.

The Department of Forestry’s Wildfire Response and Recovery Overview has ongoing updates about firefighting efforts, damage reports, and more.  

FEMA UpdatesFEMA has provided several different Fact Sheets and resources for accessing benefits, determining eligibility and avoiding scams.





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Washington County Veterans Resources:

American Legion Post 0002: (503) 357-3660

American Legion Post 104: (503) 642-4907

American Legion Post 006: (503) 648-7191

Washington County Disability, Aging, and Veteran Services: (503) 846- 3060

Hillsboro VA Clinic: (503) 906-5000

Paws Assisting Veteransinfo@paveusa.org

Veterans of Foreign Wars: (503) 895- 1342

Hillsboro Elks Lodge: (503) 648- 1862

Rock Creek Veteran Resources | Veteran Resources at PCC : (971) 722-7743 or 7744

Veterans Support | Pacific University


Mental Health Services:

  • Washington County Crisis Line | 503-291-9111
  • Crisis Text Line | Text “Connect” to 741741
  • Suicide Prevention Lifeline | 1-800-273-8255
  • Trevor Lifeline | 1-866-488-7386





Employers and Employees

The following list of resources is from Oregon’s Secretary of State’s Office. The fastest way to get in touch with the SOS team is by emailing business.sos@oregon.gov, using the “Need Help?” button found on most state agency websites or visiting www.oregon.gov/smallbusiness.

Education Links

Local Government

Utilities Assistance

Food and Housing Assistance



Oregon Health Authority



Summer is finally here and the weather for Tuesday's Summer Solstice was perfect!

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Yours truly,

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Representative Susan McLain
House District 29

email: Rep.SusanMcLain@oregonlegislature.gov I phone: 503-986-1429
address: 900 Court St NE, H-376, Salem, OR 97301
website: http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/mclain