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Activist Alert 5-22-2014

• Oregon Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND) will host a discussion about four teen activists and writers who have captured the group’s attention. The free gathering will be at 7 pm Thursday, May 22, at the First United Methodist Church, 1376 Olive St. Call 683-1350 or visit oregonwand.org.

• A free showing of the documentary America the Beautiful 3: Sexualization of Our Youth will be part of an event from 5 to 8 pm Thursday, May 22, at the Erb Memorial Union Gumwood Room on campus. A discussion with Carolyn Costin of Monte Nido will be included. Contact carriecameron@montenido.com or call (310) 457-9958.

• A special screening of Chasing Ice will be at 7 pm Friday, May 23, at the Arcade Theater, 513 E. Main St. in Cottage Grove. The full-length film documents shrinking glaciers in Greenland and elsewhere with time-lapse photography and HD video. Suggested donation of $3 to $9. 

• The worldwide March Against Monsanto for World Food Day will be in 275 cities and locally the gathering will begin at noon Saturday, May 24, at the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza at 8th and Oak. The march will end at Alton Baker Park for an afternoon of speeches, live music, activities and a community picnic at 2:30 pm. Find the event on Facebook.

Carol Coletta, a nationally known expert on city design, will speak at a free event at 5:30 pm Thursday, May 22, at the Hult Center Soreng Theater. RSVP required at rsvp@dxoregon.org. Coletta will speak on “Making Great Cities: Talent + Opportunity + Place.” The talk is part of the Design Excellence Program of American Institute of Architects, Southwest Oregon. See aiswo.org.