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Network: Lincoln and South Tillamook Counties
Provided by Coastal Progressives,
A member group of the Rural Organizing Project *
Advancing democracy in rural Oregon
Announcements for September 8, 2010
Oregon Health Care Public Meeting
Thursday, Sept. 9, 6 p.m. Events Center, Florence, Oregon
Sign-Demonstration starts 5:30 at main door of the Florence Events Center, Quince Street– to the East of Safeway
Bodies are needed to hold signs at 5:30 and attend the Oregon Health Policy Board meeting starting at 6 p.m. We truly believe this is the most significant chance the public will get to influence health care policy in the near future.
Recommendations to the Oregon Legislature from the Oregon Health Policy Board (OHPB) will shape future Oregon health delivery and recent federal health reforms. This Florence meeting is one of only six in the state. If you are in Lane County, Eugene, or anywhere in the Coast–this is it in terms of direct contact with the Board.
You need not be an expert to attend or comment–we have handouts. Sign-holders are critical–we have new fun signs such as “Health Care-Not Insurance Care!!”
Why are you needed? We are told the current staff report to the Board is weak or silent on important parts of reform such as the nature of the “Exchange” where individuals and small businesses will buy policies; as well as a “publicly-owned and publicly-administered” plan the public can buy inside the Exchange.
If you cannot attend, please voice your concerns to Jeremy Vandehey, Community Engagement Coordinator for the OHPB, at his email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
To comment on the draft recommendations, email the Oregon Health Policy Board at: email@example.com go to the OHPB website and answer questions there. http://www.oregon.gov/OHA/features/community-meetings.shtml
–Stu Henderson, Florence,541-997-2997 firstname.lastname@example.org
–Rand Dawson, Siltcoos Lake 541-997-3950 email@example.com
[Ed. note: We are taking our van to Florence for this meeting tomorrow, and we have room for one or two more. We will need to leave from Waldport at 4:30. Give us a call at 541 563 3615 if you’d like to ride along and we’ll give you directions to our house.
--Joanne Cvar, firstname.lastname@example.org.]
Coastal PeaceWorks meeting
For our meeting, please read and bring ideas to share from Howard Zinn, especially but not exclusively re: wars and peace.. and invite someone new or from another group to come; reaching out to others will invigorate and expand our numbers…
Hope to see you there: Thurs. Sept 23, 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the Spouting Horn Restaurant in Depoe Bay; buffet and other menus available.
Please send regrets only to Paco Maribona at email@example.com.
September 2010 International Day of Peace events
Saturday, Sept. 11, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Imagine Peace Paper Quilt: Make squares for the quilt at the Newport Farmer’s Market.
Thursday Sept. 16, 7 p.m.
Peace Music and Open Mic! Listen or perform at Café Mundo in Nye Beach.
Saturday Sept. 18, 2–6 p.m.
World Dances of Peace: Observe or dance!!!!!!!!!!!! at the First Presbyterian Church in Newport
Sunday, Sept. 19!
Churches observe International Day of Peace: Explore peace with your own church community
Tuesday, Sept. 21
International Day of Prayers for Peace: Sacred Spaces for individual and labyrinth meditation
10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Sacred Heart Chapel and Labyrinth, at the Catholic Church in Newport
7:30 a.m.-6 p.m., at Pacific Communities Hospital Garden
Interfaith Gatherings for Peace Prayers:
Noon, Newport Library Amphitheater
7 p.m., Newport Performing Arts Center
Drumming for Peace Drum Circle, 6-8 p.m. at the Don Davis Park. Bring your drum.
These Peace events are sponsored by the Interfaith Community for Peace and Justice, Newport, Oregon
–Alice McCain firstname.lastname@example.org
Journeys: Our immigration stories
Stories of three church members who came here as immigrants: Jorge Hernandez, director Centro de Ayuda; Senitila McKinley, founder Seashore Literacy Center; and Joaquin Varo, Interpreter and Lay Minister.
America is often called the nation of immigrants. Although some of us know the stories of our own ancestors’ journeys, many of us are far removed from those experiences. These immigrants to our community will tell what it’s like to start life over in a new country. Discussion will follow their talk.
Sunday, September 26 12:30 p.m. Sandwich and finger-food potluck at noon, at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, SW 9th and Hurbert, in Newport.
Sponsored by the Peace and Justice Team of St. Stephen’s and St. Luke’s. For more information, call 541-265-8602 or 541-265-6216.
PFLAG meets tonight
Wednesday, Sept. 8, is our monthly meeting–with an excellent documentary, Ballot Measure 9. It’s an award-winning film about the struggles in Oregon during the early ‘90s when Ballot Measure 9 surfaced deep levels of both homophobia and courage. It’s a way to understand the history of LGBT rights in Oregon and to be able to fully celebrate Iris Pride in Lincoln City on Sept. 17-19.
Join us for the film on Sept. 8 and at the Newport Farmer’s Market on Sat. Sept. 11. If you can help with staffing the table, send me an email and let me know if you’d prefer the 8:30-10:30 shift or 10:30 to 1:00.
–Jeanne StJohn email@example.com
Computer classes at Newport Library
The Newport Public Library will offer the following computer classes:
** Beginning Word will be taught on Friday, September 10 at 9 a.m.
This class covers changing font type and size, creating bullet lists, and learning how to cut and paste.
** Two classes on Intermediate Excel will be offered, the first on Friday, September 10, and the second on Friday, October 1, both at 10 a.m. Students will learn how to balance a checkbook, create charts, and copy information from one worksheet to another.
** On Friday, September 17 at 10 a.m., Intermediate Word will be taught. This class teaches how to add images, page numbers, and headers and footers to Word documents.
** Beginning Excel will be taught Friday, September 24 at 10 a.m. This class covers how to create a spreadsheet, add columns and rows, and format the appearance.
** Genealogy on the Internet will be taught on Friday, October 1 at 9 a.m. This class shows how to find U.S. Census records using HeritageQuest, the library’s free online database.
All classes are free and last one hour. Registration is required. For more information, please call (541)265-2153 or check the library website, www.newportlibrary.org.
From The Farm to the Table:
Maximizing our use of local foods In Lincoln County
Mark your calendars to attend and participate in a conversation, discussion, and lectures about how we can maximize our use of locally available foods by using our fisheries resources, landscaping with vegetables and herbs, and growing the top 10 vegetables that thrive on the Oregon coast. The event is on September 23, 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the Newport Library in the new conference building.
This series of lectures is sponsored by OSU Extension Service Lincoln County and the Newport Library. Local Food Connection is held in conjunction with OSU’s “Savory Images” exhibit, on display in the library conference room until the end of September. The project features the bounty of Oregon agriculture—a reflection of the role Oregon State University’s agricultural research plays in sustaining our state’s rich farming heritage.
Photos are by award-winning photographer Lynn Ketchum and from the pages of the acclaimed magazine Oregon’s Agricultural Progress. See these exciting photo collections exhibit at the Newport library or online at http://extension.oregonstate.edu/eesc/savoryimages/.
Refreshments will be provided; please come with your coffee mug. Registration is free but required. Please call 541-574-6534. We hope to see you there.
–Sam Angima Sam.Angima@oregonstate.edu
Plans in the works for Nye Beach Ocean Festival
September 25 is International Beach Clean-up Day, so from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. we are planning a Nye Beach Ocean Festival, just to share a moment with the ocean.
There will be a pancake breakfast from 8-11a.m. at the Visual Arts Center. Then we are calling all mermaids, sea-critters and ocean-lovers for a parade, leaving the VAC at noon. The “Washed Ashore” project will assist us in putting together a giant sculpture with our beach debris. Samba Mama will hold a workshop to lead us in dancing to the Orisha of the ocean, accompanied by drums.
Calling all ocean folk, including fisherpersons and scientists, to share what the ocean means to you, whether in music, poetry, puppets, games, displays, art. . . In the evening, we’ll have a bonfire and fire-dancing with Willow and the gang.
Please contact Jenny Stokes 541-574-4382, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, so I can schedule everybody in.
Yaquina Birders and Naturalists September meeting
On Thursday, Sept. 16, Athena Crichton and Tony Watson present “Africa, A Natural Adventure.” They took a safari to Tanzania and Mt. Kilimanjaro and also visited Egypt. Crichton is a naturalist with Marine Discovery Tours and also works for OSU Sea Grant as a marine educator at the Hatfield Marine Science Center. Watson climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro.
This Yaquina Birders and Naturalists meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the Education Wing Room 30/32 in the OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center. Please use the Staff Entrance (not the entrance to the Visitor’s Center), follow the signs, and park near the Library.
Cost: free. Everyone is welcome! We are not having a field trip this month.
–Range Bayer, 541-265-2965, email@example.com
Finally something that gives me hope
If you missed the recent “Sixty Minutes” segment on the BloomBoxes, you can watch it at http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=6228923n . The boxes produce electricity by using natural gas or biogases and oxygen. They don’t burn the gas, rather the gas and oxygen are passed through thin plates and an electric current is generated. So the process of electrical production is C02 emission free, and they work sun or dark, wind or no wind. The come in residential or industrial sizes, with NO emissions, and NO power grid will be needed to deliver the electricity to your home.
–Vicki Osis firstname.lastname@example.org
Experience community! The Newport Community Drum Circle is an ad hoc rhythm jam session and communal celebration, now in its third year at Don Davis Park, in Nye Beach. It’s free and family-friendly (no drugs or alcohol); all ages, skill levels, and acoustic instruments are welcome. There are usually drums or small percussion instruments to borrow for those who don’t have one (please bring extra drums, if you have them). The drum circle is facilitated, but loosely structured; a small portion of each session is reserved for instruction in djembe and other drum basics and for learning new rhythms. We typically attract from one dozen to three dozen participants – both locals and visitors — along with lots of beach strollers who stop to enjoy the music. Regular participants have ranged in age from toddlers to nonagenarians, and represent every socio-economic stratum.
In life and in music, everyone has something to contribute to the groove!
To get on his email list for ongoing local fun and music events contact Chandler Davis, 541-270-6945, email@example.com
Oregon Prescription Drug Program available to all Oregonians
The Oregon Drug Prescription Program can save you on prescription costs when your insurance isn’t adequate or you don’t have insurance. The purchasing power of the state of Oregon gets great deals. There is no cost for this program. You can even use it when you are paying your insurance deductible. Read more and sign up here, State of Oregon: Employment Department http://www.employment.oregon.gov/
Just wanted to make sure everyone knew about this. Quick enrollment; they send the card out the following week.
–Libby Durbin firstname.lastname@example.org
Help haulers trash hunger by donating at curbside
Lincoln County garbage haulers are coming to Food Share’s rescue again this September. They are responding in a vital way to fill Foods Shares bare cupboards during Hunger Action Month. The haulers say they want to make it easy to help feed the hungry by giving their customers a chance to donate at curbside.
From September 20 to 24, Thompson’s Sanitary, Dahl Disposal and North Lincoln Sanitary are staging a County Haulers Food Drive, picking up donations of non-perishable items during their runs. Customers are encouraged to leave donations on their regular service day in a bag next to their carts.
Non-perishable items that can make a meal, like hearty soups, stews, canned tuna and chili, are excellent donations. Coffee, tea, powdered milk, cereals, canned fruits and vegetables and Top Ramen are also needed. Organic foods are especially appreciated. Food Drives provide recipients with nutritious items they don’t normally get.
“We’re really counting on this drive,” says Nancy Smith, Food Share Director. “Our cupboards haven’t been this bare in three years, and we’re pretty desperate. The haulers are major Hunger Heroes. This couldn’t happen at a better time.”
–Rennie Maguire, for Food Share 541-961-5169 or 541-574-0460
“Huge Science at a Really Small Scale”
The Yachats Academy of Arts and Sciences, sponsored by the Friends of the Yachats Commons Foundation, is presenting Oregon State University researcher Dr. Stacey L. Harper, who will be discussing “Nanotechnology: “Huge Science at a Really Small Scale.” Dr. Harper’s presentation will be on Saturday, September 11, at 6 p.m. in the Yachats Commons, 4th Street and Hwy. 101 in Yachats.
Sound economic improvement comes from the improved conditions of the whole population and not a small fraction thereof.
–Franklin Delano Roosevelt, speech at Green Bay, 1934
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