Provided by Coastal Progressives,
A member group of the Rural Organizing Project *
Advancing democracy in rural Oregon
Announcements for June 2, 2010
A note to friends of Marcy Westerling and ROP
Marcy Westerling, founder and chief instigator of the Rural Organizing Project, is undergoing treatment for her stage iv ovarian cancer diagnosis We wanted to share an update with you on how Marcy is doing.
She is now in full swing of her treatment plan. She has had her surgery and has had two treatments of chemo. Her chemo treatments are once every three weeks. While she is still being fairly active–walking a lot–she is starting to feel some of the physical impacts of the chemo.
Marcy continues to have a strong team of people surrounding and supporting her, but the reality of her situation is settling in. And it’s tough. The constant appointments that pull her away from her regular life are feeling isolating. Marcy could really use some messages of love, visits and whatever else you can send her way- email@example.com. And she is still at this mailing address: 2031 NE 30th Portland, OR 97214.
In addition, Marcy has a webpage through Caring Bridge where you can keep track of how she’s doing and get regular updates. You will need to register with the site but once you do, it’s easy to stay updated on developments, how Marcy is doing and to send Marcy messages of love and support. http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/marcywesterling
Please feel free to contact us over at ROP anytime- and please send along messages to Marcy directly. Also, pass these updates along to people in your communities who know Marcy- I know we are not getting everyone in our email update. And let’s keep flooding her with messages of the love and community she has behind her.
–Cara Shufelt- firstname.lastname@example.org
Town hall meeting with Oregon Representative Jean Cowan tomorrow
This event will provide an opportunity for conversation about our current budgetary challenges and the work that the Legislature has done to support job creation.
Meet with Rep. Cowan tomorrow, Thursday, June 3, 2 to 3:30 p.m., at the OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center Hennings Auditorium, 2030 SE Marine Science Dr, Newport.
NOAA Groundbreaking Community Celebration
The Port of Newport cordially invites you to the long-anticipated Groundbreaking and Community Celebration for the new Marine Operations Center-Pacific of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, better known as “NOAA MOC-P homeport.”
The festivities will be held at the new NOAA MOC-P site just west of the Hatfield Marine Science Center in South Beach. We are erecting a large tent for the events–and your comfort.
Scheduled to speak at tomorrow’s June 3 groundbreaking ceremony, 10-11 a.m., are Governor Ted Kulongoski, Senator Ron Wyden, Senator Jeff Merkley, and Congressman Kurt Schrader. Representatives from Oregon’s Coastal Caucus will also be in attendance, along with local community leaders.
The June 6 community celebration, 1-4 p.m., will include live music and picnic-style refreshments for the entire family. This will be an excellent opportunity for you to meet the project team, welcome NOAA MOC-P into our community and just have some fun.
AND, as a special bonus, two NOAA research ships from our new fleet plan to visit Newport this weekend. The R/V Miller Freeman is scheduled to cross the bar at 1 p.m. (weather permitting) on Saturday June 5 for an overnight port call. The R/V Bell M. Shimada is due to cross the bar at about 9:30 a.m. on Sunday (weather permitting). The Coast Guard will provide an honorary escort and local fishing vessels (depending on fishing schedules) will provide a special welcome. The public is encouraged to turn out to watch and welcome each ship as she enters her new homeport. Local media will provide more details about the ship arrivals. No ship tours are scheduled.
Don’t miss being a part of this historic event.
–JoAnn Barton email@example.com
PFlag meets next Wednesday
See you next Wednesday for the next PFlag meeting, 7 p.m., at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 9th and Hurbert in Newport. The program is an excellent film, In-laws and Outlaws, and tells the stories of several couples, gay and straight, from the Seattle area. It’s been used in hundreds of PFLAG meetings, church events, etc. We’re thinking about using it for the Interfaith Marriage Matters event coming up–tell us what you think after you see the first part of the film next week.
–Jeanne StJohn firstname.lastname@example.org
Pixieland Site Restoration Project topic of June SDCWC meeting
This summer, Phase I of major ecological restoration work will begin at the former site of Pixieland, an amusement park that existed on the Salmon River estuary near Otis in the 1970s. The work will include dike removal, regrading of filled areas to natural elevations, removal of remaining infrastructure, and planting of native vegetation. Salmon Drift Creek Watershed Council (SDCWC) and the US Forest Service (USFS) are managing this project, which is funded by the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, OR Department of State Lands, the USFS, and other partners.
Kami Ellingson, Siuslaw National Forest Watersheds Program Manager, will provide an overview of this project at the next SDCWC general meeting. Please join us for the opportunity to learn more about the history of Pixieland, the science of estuary restoration, and plans for the Pixieland site. Refreshments will be offered. This meeting will take place on Tuesday, June 8, at 6:30 p.m. at the Old Taft Elementary School on 51st Street in Taft. Call (541) 996-3161 or email email@example.com for more information.
The SDCWC offers public education presentations on watershed related topics on the evening of the second Tuesday of most months as part of its mission to promote the protection or restoration of healthy fish and wildlife resources, water quality, water quantity, and overall watershed health in the Salmon Drift Creek Watersheds.
Light refreshments are available and the public is welcome to attend the monthly business meeting following the presentation.
–Corrina Chase, coordinator, Salmon Drift Creek Watershed Council
(541)921-7394 cell (541)996-3161 office
The Stolen Sweets
The Stolen Sweets perform vocal jazz arrangements inspired by New Orleans favorites, The Boswell Sisters, one of the hottest female groups of the 1930′s. Comprised of vocalists Jen Bernard, Lara Michell and Erin Sutherland and string syncopators Keith Brush, Pete Krebs and David Langenes, the Sweets deliver a unique brand of vintage acoustic jazz, dishing up abundant doses of coy stage antics and sideways glances as they play.
The Boswell Sisters were famous for their tight three-part harmonies, subtle lyrical innuendo and dizzying tempo changes. As a result, the Sweets’ repertoire is brimming with ambitious arrangements of everything from standards like “Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea” to obscure tunes like “Gee, But I’d Like to Make You Happy.”
The Sweets’ ability to transport audiences to the early days of jazz has already earned them a sizable and colorful fan base in their native Portland and beyond.
The Stolen Sweets will perform on Saturday, June 26, 7 p.m., at the
Yachats Commons, 4th and HWY 101 in Yachats. Tickets are $20 general admission and available at Raindogs and Toad Hall in Yachats, Waldport Video and Groove Music in Waldport and Red Lotus Music in Newport.
Go to www.GoYachats.com/events or call (541) 961-4258 for further information.
The Nye Beach Writers’ Series presents: Bart King
Bart King is the author of a number of humorous nonfiction books for middle/YA readers and immature adults. Among them are:
* The Big Book of Gross Stuff
* The Pocket Guide to Brilliance
* The Big Book of Boy Stuff
* The Pocket Guide to Mischief
* The Big Book of Girl Stuff
* The Pocket Guide to Magic
* An Architectural Guidebook to Portland (2nd edition, Oregon State University Press)
Of these, the most recent is The Big Book of Gross Stuff, which PBS recently graded with an “A.” (As Bart is a former middle-school teacher, this seems apt.) But perhaps his greatest achievement as a writer has been to incorporate his name into the actual title of one of his books, namely Bart’s King-Sized Book of Fun, which will be published this September. Bart has over a half-million books in print, and his work has been translated into Chinese, Spanish, and Australian. Finally, he prefers to be thought of as a “non-award winning author” despite some small evidence to the contrary.
Bart King’s official website is: http://www.bartking.net/
Show begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 19, in the second floor meeting room of the Newport Visual Arts Center, located at 777 NW Beach Drive (across from the Nye Beach Turnaround). General admission is $5 at the door, students always admitted free. Light refreshments will be available.
OSU releases unpublished William Appleman Williams novel online:
Ninety Days Inside the Empire
A previously unpublished novel written by William Appleman Williams, former Seal Rock resident and one of the most acclaimed historians of the 20th century, has been newly released online by Oregon State University in an effort to make the manuscript as widely available as possible to scholars and others.
Titled Ninety Days Inside the Empire, the novel touches upon themes that were important to the author’s life and work, perhaps best exemplified in his masterpiece, The Tragedy of American Diplomacy. Set in Corpus Christi, Texas, and written in the 1980s, Williams’ newly released book tells the story of racial strife and civil rights mobilization through the eyes of military servicemen following the close of World War II.
A veteran of the United States Navy, Williams served as a line officer during the second world war. Following the close of hostilities, Williams was stationed in Corpus Christi, where he joined the NAACP and participated in local civil rights activities.
The web version of Ninety Days Inside the Empire spans 125 pages over 14 chapters. The text is enhanced by a number of illustrations and is introduced by Kerry Ahearn, chair of the OSU English department.
Williams joined the OSU faculty in 1968 after more than 20 years as a nationally prominent historian at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In failing health, he retired in 1986 and died in 1990, leaving his papers to OSU Special Collections, which oversaw preparation of the manuscript for its online release.
This innovative web-based project underscores new possibilities at OSU for making books available to students, scholars, and the wider community using e-books, digital printing and print-on-demand technologies. All are areas already being explored by Oregon State University Press, the state’s only academic press, which, like OSU Special Collections, is part of the university’s Valley Library.
Download Ninety Days Inside the Empire at http://osulibrary.orst.edu/specialcollections/coll/williams/ninetydays/index.html
How does your laundry detergent rate?
Have you seen the Organic Consumers’ Association list of laundry detergents rated by levels (ppm) of 1,4 dioxane? Great info! The site also contains a link to a rating list of baby and body care products. See http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_20902.cfm
–Cathy Raymer firstname.lastname@example.org
Invitation to lunch
Mayor Lori and Robert Hollingsworth cordially invite you to lunch with Democratic candidate for Oregon Governor, John Kitzhaber on Monday June 7, 12-1 p.m. at the Lincoln City Cultural Center, 540 NE Highway 101, Lincoln City Oregon. Lunch by Chinook Winds Casino, dessert by Oregon Coast Catering.
John Kitzhaber is embarking on a statewide tour to kick off his general election campaign! He will be coming to Lincoln City and Newport on June 7. Check out the details below! http://www.johnkitzhabercom/tour/lincolncity. For additional details or if you would like to attend, please call (503) 217-6222 or click http://www.johnkitzhaber.com/tour/lincolncity to let the campaign know that they can look forward to seeing you! This is a fundraiser for Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber. A donation is suggested Please R.S.V.P. 541-994-3328 or email@example.com.
Lincoln County Democrats schedule meetings with Governor Kitzhaber
Former Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber will visit Newport on Monday, June 7, from 6-8 p.m. at the Rogue Ales Public House, 748 SW Bay Blvd. in Newport. Hosts are Oregon Senator. Joanne Verger, Oregon Representative Jean Cowan, and Lincoln County Commissioners Terry Thompson, Don Lindley, and Bill Hall.
For additional details or if would like to attend, please call (503) 217-6222 or click the link below to let the campaign know that they can look forward to seeing you!
So remember when you’re feeling very small and insecure,
how amazingly unlikely is your birth,
and pray that there’s intelligent life somewhere out in space,
’cause there’s bugger-all down here on earth.
–MontyPython’s “The Galaxy Song,” by Eric Idle, contributed by Tom Gravon