Smoke in the Air

We seem to have survived the solar eclipse yesterday and maybe fuel and hotel prices will get back to normal soon.  I remember when Motel 6 got $6 for a room; it was $100 for a room at the Motel 6 in Roseburg over the weekend, and even more crazy further north.  We had a good view of the eclipse here in the park; we got down to within about 1% of total eclipse, with just a tiny sliver of sun crescent left at 10:16 AM PDT.

Now the current concern is the smoke pall over the area from the series of lightning-sparked forest fires east of us in the North Umpqua River valley.  Highway 138 is closed between mile marker 43 and 54 due to falling trees and other debris.  There are water-dropping helicopters working structure protection along 138, and water dropping planes are scooping water out of Diamond Lake.  The closest fire to the park is about 13 miles east of us, but logging operations over the years have left almost no contiguous forest between here and there for the fires to travel west, there is a network of logging roads in place that would give firefighters access, and our surface winds have been from the north and west so no embers coming this way. Here is the link to the fire information.

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Jacks & Jills Activity Committee meets every 4th Monday

Monday, Aug. 28, at 1 p.m. is the monthly meeting of Timber Valley Jacks & Jills Activity Committee. 

Every leaseholder of Timber Valley RV Park is a member of “Jacks & Jills.” It is the organization that handles all of the park’s social activities events, such as overseeing the planning of holiday parties and park dinners.

Learn about upcoming park events, and how you can help, at the August meeting in the Clubhouse. There will be sweet treats to munch on.

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A Big Thank-You

to all who helped spread bark mulch to various areas around the park this past Tuesday morning. This bucket brigade busily bussed 18 cubic yards of bark mulch assisted by Bud Covington on the biggest little tractor in Timber Valley. Approximately 15 volunteers worked 3 hours to complete the task. It’s amazing what can be done when we have such a dedicated crew.
Dar Hoch and the Landscape Committee

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New member artist Ken Knowles will offer weekly art workshops … but first an overview of his work on 8/24, 3 p.m.

Artist Ken Knowles, #156, studio. (Photo by Julianne G. Crane)

Ken and Valerie Knowles are brand new members of Timber Valley SKP Park on site #156, where they quickly converted their shed into Ken’s painting studio.

It didn’t take any time for Ken, a longtime professional artist and illustrator, to volunteer to facilitate weekly art workshops that will explore landscape, still-life and portrait painting techniques. “Whether you are a novice or accomplished artist, these workshops are for you,” he says.

“Coventry County” A study of old masters techniques. Oils, using only three colors. Ken Knowles.

Weekly workshops will be held in the Clubhouse Card Room beginning on Monday, Aug. 28, from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

(Because of Qi Gong classes ending about that time, art attendees are asked to enter the Card Room from the hallway door across from the restrooms in the Clubhouse.)

Before that, however,  Ken will give an overview and small showing of his artwork at a special Summer Seminar on Thurs, Aug. 24, at 3 p.m., in the Clubhouse. Come and ask him questions.

“Old Mill” Glade Creek Grist Mill, W.V., Oils, by Ken Knowles

In addition to talking about his work on Aug. 24, he will cover a little about what he plans to offer in the art workshops, including fundamentals of art such as drawing, composition, values, masses, focal point, edges, line, perspectives, and color theory.

“All these basics are essential in painting regardless of medium,” says Ken. “Weather permitting, the class will work outdoors on occasion, creating field studies to be finished in class.” During each workshop, Ken will demonstrate techniques and offer individual attention to those in the class.

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Bark Mulch Spreading Party Tuesday Morning


Tuesday, Aug. 15 at 8 am
Meet at the Clubhouse Parking lot
Everyone is Invited

Bark mulch is being delivered and we need some help spreading.
BYOB (Bring Your Own Bucket)
We only have 1 large scoop shovel.
If anyone has their own it would help to bring it along.

Thanks Everyone

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Summer Seminar # 5 – Friday, 8/18, 3 p.m. – ‘RVs, Firearms & Personal Safety’

Jeff and Barbara Russell

Jeff and Barbara Russell (#129), NRA Certified Pistol Instructors, will be presenting an information presentation on “RVs, Firearms and Personal Safety” on Friday, Aug. 18, at 3 p.m. in the Clubhouse.

These Range Safety Officers have more than 1,000 hours of professional firearms training in pistol, shotgun and rifle. They are active in the Roseburg Rod and Gun Club and especially enjoy long range rifle shooting. They are avid supporters of Second Amendment rights. Their presentation will include several aspects of self defense and personal safety relating to RV travel as well as stationary living.

— Photo: Jeff and Barbara Russell (by Julianne G. Crane)

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Park Water System Notice **IMPORTANT**

The Timber Valley Water System will be shut off from 12 Noon until 2:30PM tomorrow, Friday, afternoon.  We recommend preparing containers of extra water for your drinking, flushing, and other needs. Since many of us live in RVs with a fresh water tank, you may want to consider filling (or partially filling) your fresh water tank and using your on-board system during this time. You may not even know that our system is off.

Again:  The water system will not be available from 12 Noon until 2:30PM on Friday, August 11.

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Summer Seminar ‘Healthy Living: Fitness & Well Being’ presents nutrition, fitness expert Micheal Bochart on Fri., 8/11, 3 p.m.

Michael Bochart

Micheal Bochart, proprietor of QOL (Quality Of Life) Management out of Sutherlin, Ore., will talk about ‘Fitness and Well Being’ on Friday, Aug. 11, at 3 p.m. in the Clubhouse. Please bring a healthy snack to share.

A little about Michael (pronounced “Michelle”): She is an insured personal trainer with almost three years experience teaching fitness classes and offering in-home training. She currently holds classes at the Sutherlin Senior Center.

Specializing in people over 55, Micheal  holds several certifications including: American Council on Exercise (ACE) Certified Personal Trainer, ACE Certified Senior Fitness and Nutrition Specialist, American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Exercise is Medicine Credential – Lvl 1, Certified Silver&Fit Instructor, Certified SilverSneakers Flex Instructor, Certified in CPR and AED Trained.

Her personal story: At the age of 8, Micheal was diagnosed with Rheumatic Fever, a very uncommon illness in modern times. In January 2014, she had her first open heart surgery to have the mitral valve replaced with a mechanical valve. After completing cardiac/pulmonary rehabilitation, she fully recovered and found a love and passion in physical fitness. This is when she started teaching senior core and balance classes and senior circuit classes.

In June 2015, Micheal had to undergo open heart surgery for the second time, due to a failure in the mechanical valve, which needed to be replaced. Once again completing rehabilitation, and healing, Micheal was on the slow road to recovery.

It wasn’t until February 2016, after having a cardiac ablation, that she was finally given the all clear. Now, the only hurdle is monitoring the daily dosage of Coumadin for the rest of her long, healthy life. She likes to share her story with people because she wants them to know that she understands what it is like to have major medical issues, to face your own mortality and to remind everyone that it IS possible to overcome health obstacles.

Because of her own personal experiences, Micheal has seen the need for a better quality of life, for everyone. This has inspired her to create a type of fitness program designed for people of all ages and a large range of abilities. Her programs and classes are not typical cardio sessions. They are contoured to improve range of motion, increase mobility and flexibility, increase balance and strengthen the core. Her goal is to promote an overall better quality of life for everyday living.

In her spare time, Micheal enjoys spending time with her family, which consists of her husband Ryan and her two daughters; Kalista, age 12 and Khloe, age 6. Together, they enjoy traveling to the many beautiful natural scenic places the Pacific Northwest.

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Notice of Closed Board Meeting

There will be a closed board meeting immediately following the agenda workshop meeting on Tuesday August 8th. The agenda is an employee request.

Thank you.

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Have some wacky ideas for activities in the park?

Come to the Jacks and Jills Activities Planning meeting on Monday, Aug. 7 at 1 p.m. in the Clubhouse.

Whether it is an afternoon beading workshop … a pub craw during Oktoberfest … or a trip to see the Holiday Lights at Shore Acres … come with your wackiest ideas to share.

If you can’t make it to the meeting, just call Julianne (#197) 509-869-8679 or email: [email protected] with “IDEA” in the subject line.

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