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Activist Alert 2-13-2014

• The Trans-Pacific Partnership is the topic of a free Sierra Club forum at 7 pm Thursday, Feb. 13, at the Unitarian Universalist Church at 13th and Chambers. Speakers include Jesse Swanhuyser, chair of the national Sierra Club’s Committee on International Trade, Human Rights and the Environment, and Linda Peterson of the Oregon Fair Trade Coalition and AFSCME Local 3214. Contact Bill Rogers at 654-0405.

• A free meeting on “Marijuana Re-Legalization” will be from 5:30 to 7 pm Thursday, Feb. 13, at the Eugene Public Library. Facilitator will be Dan Koozer, director of Willamette Valley chapter of National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) and co-founder of the Cannabis Liberation Front and the Emerald Empire HempFest. Sponsored by the Lane County ACLU. Email lanechapter@aclu-or.org for more information.

• A “bee swarm” protest is planned for 11 am Saturday, Feb. 15, on the sidewalk outside of Home Depot on Seneca Road, as part of the national “Show Bees Some Love” campaign, bringing attention to pesticides that damage bee colonies. A carpool to the protest will meet at 10 am at Beyond Toxics, 1192 Lawrence St. 

• A workshop on rain gardens will be from 9 to 11:30 am Saturday, Feb. 15, at Petersen Barn Community Center. $10. RSVP to 465-6443, ext. 102.

• “Imagine Peace” is the theme of a multi-choir concert at 2:30 pm Sunday, Feb. 16, at New Hope Church, 1790 Charnelton St. Performing will be In Accord Community Choir, Eugene Peace Choir, Rogue Valley Peace Choir and Portland Peace Choir. $3 to $5 suggested donation.

• Permaculture advocate Jan Spencer will speak at 6:30 pm Wednesday, Feb. 19, at the East Blair Housing Co-Op, 940 W. 4th Ave. as an introduction to a tour of the site from 1 to 3 pm Saturday, March 1, which will also meet at the co-op’s community room. Call 345-3827 or see suburbanpermaculture.org. 

Friends of David Oaks (FODO) is planning a “living estate sale” Feb. 21-23 and the group is looking for good items to add to the collection of antiques and collectibles coming in. The sale will be held in the storefront next to Jasper’s Deli at Delta Oaks Shopping Center on Green Acres Road. Find the FODO sale on Facebook at wkly.ws/1os or call 343-8242.

• The Eugene Budget Committee’s Revenue Team subcommittee meets from 5:30 to 7:30 pm Thursday, Feb. 20, in the Atrium Building Sloat Room at 10th and Olive.

Gil Penalosa, executive director of 8-80 Cities, will speak at a gathering from 7:30 to 10:30 am Thursday, Feb. 20, at the Eugene Hilton. Penalosa will join a panel to talk about creating cities for people of all ages though sustainable and healthy urban design. Panelists include Mayor Kitty Piercy, Christine Lundberg and Doris Towery. Dan Egan will facilitate.