Free well child checks and sports physicals are planned at three locations this month. They include a physical exam, immunizations and lab testing as needed. Bay Shore Family Medicine will host the event from 3:00-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 23. Their address is 38505 Brooten Road, Pacific City. Call 503-965-6555.

A similar event is planned in Manzanita from 3:00-8:00 p.m. on Monday, July 22 at 10445 Neahklahnie Creek Road. Call 503-368-6244. Women’s and Family Health will host the event from 3:00-8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 31 at 1011 Third Street in Tillamook. Call 503-815-2292. The target audience is age 12-21. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins will be accepted. There is no out of pocket cost.

Food Roots is hiring a part time employee to teach hands-on, garden based lessons to kindergarten through eighth graders, inside and outside, on a regular schedule. The curriculum will follow Food Roots’ garden science activity guide and will include multiple Tillamook County schools. For more information, visit foodroots.org or the Food Roots page on Facebook.

Free events at South Tillamook County Library this week include an interactive drum circle for children’s story time at 3 p.m. on Wednesday. Bug Chicks are in store when the group meets on July 17. A collage workshop is hosted there at 2 p.m. on July 11. Bring your own project for Fiber Friday at 2 p.m. on July 12 and 19. Mother Goose on the Loose, story time for babies happens at 9 a.m. on Saturdays. Teens will craft constellation lanterns from soup cans starting at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 16. South Tillamook County Library is located on Camp Street in Pacific City.

The National Weather Service’ Long Range Forecast for June, July and August predicts above normal temperatures with below average precipitation. This would suggest  increased wild-land fire potential for those months as well.  So far, in the 2019 year-to-date statistics, there have been 190 fires of which only three were caused by lightning; the other 187 were human caused fires.  While conditions in our area appear to be mild, fire restrictions go into effect July 15.

 I appreciate Chief Jim Oeder clarifying details for Fencepost readers by telephone. Only fires contained in burn barrels are legal after July 15, and no burning will be allowed from August 1 until at least October 15. For more information, call Hebo Rural Fire Protection District, 503-392-3313. 

 Did you know there was an earthquake west of Newport on June 22? It happened about 6:30 a.m. and measured around 5 on the richter scale. These frequent events motivate me to continue steps toward disaster preparedness each week. I’m sharing my progress in this space; we can prepare together for the coming “big one.”

Let’s check this week that there is water to survive on. If you have three quarts per person and pet for three days, why not expand on that? Filter rain gathered in a barrel and cover it for toileting or to boil for baths, drinking, or unprepared neighbors. Be sure to include bleach or purification tablets with your water supply.

Happy birthday this week to: Linda Baker, Barbara Brooks, Kieler Dedmon, Mary Eden, Treve Fry, Sandy Hanneman, Seth Hill, Morgan Hurliman, Daniel Kusch, Wes Kellow, Rod Peterson, Andrea Simonson, Jackie Streeter and Debbie Swanson.

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