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Activist Alert 8-2-2012

• Conservation biologist, author and homesteader Guy McPherson, Ph.D, will speak at 7 pm Friday, Aug. 3, at the CoHo Ecovillage Common House, 1975 SE Crystal Lake Dr. in Corvallis. He will speak on peak oil and climate change, their impact on the availability of food and water, and “how individuals and communities can build local food production and ensure an adequate food supply.” Sponsored by Resilience Network. Visit guymcpherson.com or email grm@ag.arizona.edu 

• Satirical troubadour Dave Lippman and his arch-nemisis Wild Bill Bailout, Bard of the Bankers, will be in Eugene this weekend for a series of events starting with the weekly protest at 4:30 pm Friday, Aug. 3, at Bank of America, 11th and Pearl. Lippman will appear at 8:30 pm Friday at Cozmic for an Occupy Eugene benefit. At 2:30 pm Saturday he will be at Reality Kitchen, 245 Van Buren, and at 8:30 pm Saturday at Axe and Fiddle, 657 E. Main St. in Cottage Grove.

The Big Latch On (biglatchon.org) is a synchronized breastfeeding advocacy event in multiple locations around the world as part of World Breastfeeding Week. The Eugene/ Springfield area’s Big Latch On will be at 10:30 am Saturday, Aug. 4, at Oakmont City Park on Oakmont Way behind Oakway Center in Eugene. Participants and volunteers should arrive at 10 am. Call 221-8892 or email bfcoalitionlaneco@gmail.com for more information. 

• The fifth annual “Green Neighbors (not just) Bike Tours” get in to high gear as the Friendly Area and Crest Drive citizens tour gets under way at 11 am Saturday, Aug. 4, at the Common Ground Garden, 21st and Van Buren. Attendees will get a special look at the “net-positive,” super energy-efficient, green-built Suncroft House, as well as get the latest on the soon-to-be-broken-ground at Friendly Neighborhood’s “new urbanism” Lucia Community Village. On Saturday, Aug. 11, the tours will go to South East Neighbors area and start at Avalon Lodge, 5210 Canyon Drive. See http://wkly.ws/1c1 for schedule and more information, or leave a message at 632.4321.

• The 14th Annual Blackberry bRamble bicycle rides will be Sunday, Aug. 5, in the farm and forested lands southwest of Eugene, and on bike-friendly routes within the city of Eugene. Routes are provided for riders of all ages, abilities and ambitions. Proceeds from the event will be used for GEARs bicycle education classes. Call 933-5542 for more information or visit eugenegears.org 

• The annual Hiroshima Nagasaki Memorial at Alton Baker Park will be at 7:30 pm Monday, Aug. 6, at Alton Baker Park, with a potluck at 6:30 pm and the Luminaria Float of candle lanterns at 8:45 pm. Speakers will include Mayor Kitty Piercy, the Rev. Mark Unno, and Dan Whalen of Sen. Jeff Merkley’s staff. Sponsored by CALC, WAND, Justice Not War Coalition, Japanese American Association, Eugene Friends Meeting, Eugene Kakegawa Sister City Committee and the Asian Council. Call 485-1755 or email calcpeace@efn.org for more information.

• The annual Eugene/Springfield Pride Celebration will be from noon to 7 pm Saturday, Aug. 11, at Alton Baker Park. Entertainment includes Wetsock, Spin Cycle Squares, Richard Mills, Champagne GaGa and the Imperial Sovereign Court of the Emerald Empire. The event is free but a $5 donation will be asked to help cover expenses. A “Rhapsody Under the Stars” annual coronation event is coming up Aug. 17-19 at Valley River Inn. See Facebook at http://wkly.ws/1c0