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Activist Alert 2016-12-08

• Oakridge area residents against the proposed Old Hazeldell gravel quarry at TV Butte on the edge of the town will hold a rally on Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza, noon Tuesday, Dec 13, before packing into Harris Hall, where the Lane County Commissioners will be reading and discussing the proposal, rally organizers say. For the quarry proposal to move forward, the commissioners must decide to rezone the property from forestland to rock and gravel. The Coalition to Save TV Butte asserts that the blasting and crushing will put silica (volcanic glass) slivers into the air, threaten water quality, and threaten a native heritage site and wildlife, while the heavy truck traffic will conflict with a major-use mountain bike route. 

Cascadia Wildlands’ 14th Annual Wonderland Auction, is 6 to 10 pm Saturday, Dec. 10. The event includes a gourmet dinner by Lane Community College’s catering, dessert from Coconut Bliss and Vanilla Jill’s, locally brewed beer from Ninkasi and others, wine from Opine Cellars, cider from WildCraft Cider Works, and live jazz by the Red Pants Trio, Cascadia Wilands says. Eugene-made Elevate Kombucha will be available on tap during the event. “Live and silent auctions will feature extraordinary getaways in all corners of Cascadia, unforgettable outdoor adventures, recreation gear, fine jewelry, wine packages and a whole lot more.” For more, go to cascwild.org.

Lane County letter carriers and FOOD for Lane County food drive is Saturday, Dec. 10. To participate, use a plastic or reuseable bag to leave a donation of canned or packaged food by your mailbox on Dec. 10. Your letter carrier will pick it up, FOOD for Lane County says. For a list of the most-wanted foods, go to foodforlanecounty.org and click on “donate food.” On Dec. 3, 52,618 pounds were collected. The goal is 100,000 pounds.

The Sponsors’ Women’s Program will accept a gift of $4,500 from 100+ Women Who Care. The event is 5:30 pm at Bothy Cottage at the downtown campus, 767 W. 8th Avenue, Monday, Dec. 12. 100+ Women Who Care is a group of local women that selects a local nonprofit organization each quarter, and each member writes a $100 check to this charity. The gift will be accepted by Executive Director Paul Solomon, Women’s Program Director Joan Quaempts and board member Trina Kanewa. There will be refreshments and an open house and tour of Bothy Cottage. RSVP to Quaempts at quaempts@sponsorsinc.org or 541-505-5691.