MAK Grills earns award recognition DALLAS -- Dallas-based wood pellet grill manufacturer MAK Grills has been honored with a Made in the USA Foundation "Hall of Fame" award.Nominees are scored using a three-point criteria based on quality, competitiveness and the impact the product has in the marketplace. MAK Grills was one of only two American-based grill manufacturers entered in the grill category this year. The annual award ceremony was held July 2 in Santa Monica, Calif., featuring more than 70 companies in 22 categories nominated for the award, which recognizes American-made manufacturers and products. The Made In USA Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the importance of USA-made products and preserving American manufacturing jobs. Directives workshop scheduled WEST SALEM -- In Oregon, everyone has a right to express their wishes in writing regarding their health care via an "advance directive." Most health care providers and lawyers suggest that all adults get their health care affairs in order and start thinking about their end-of-life options and wishes long before a health crisis occurs.To help community members learn more about advanced directives and start the process of creating one, Dr. Beverly JeffsSteele, medical director at Willamette Valley Hospice, is offering two workshops, free to the public, on Wednesday, July 17 from 4 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 7 p.m.No preregistration is necessary.Willamette Valley Hospice is also accepting registration for Camp Mighty Oaks, its annual summer camp experience for families, on July 27. Cost is $20 per person and includes meals, activities and a T-shirt.Campers will enjoy a traditional camping experience while finding ways to grow and gain more understanding about their grief and loss. For more information on these upcoming workshops or end of life resources: 503-588-3600; www.wvh.org. River restoration update scheduled KINGS VALLEY -- The Luckiamute Watershed Council will offer a tour of watershed restoration accomplishments along the Luckiamute River in the Kings Valley area on Thursday.The tour of the Hall Property takes place at around 5:30 p.m., prior to the council's monthly board meeting set for 7 p.m. at the Kings Valley Community Center, located at the corner of Highway 223 and Maxfield Creek Road.Those planning to attend the tour should arrive at the community center's parking lot by 5:30 p.m.The board meeting, open to the public, will include an update on restoration efforts completed and in progress along the Luckiamute River in the Kings Valley area.For more information: Kristen Larson, 503-837-0237.