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March 28, 2012 01:04 PM

City Club of Eugene’s program this week will be “Unfinished Business: The EmX in West Eugene,” and will begin at 11:50 am Friday, March 30, at the Hilton, 12th floor.

A final decision is nearing this summer on whether or not the EmX bus rapid transit line should be extended through west Eugene. A moderated discussion will include those in support and those opposed.

Members may attend the meeting at no charge; guests and non-members pay $5. Lunch is $16 for non-members.

Selected past City Club meetings can be found on Community Access Television (Channel 23 on cable), Channel 29, or on YouTube by visiting http://tinyurl.com/32gqp9d or by going to www.youtube.com and searching for City Club of Eugene.

March 28, 2012 11:23 AM

It wouldn't make me giggle if it didn't kinda hit close to home.

This reminds me of the time I was out shopping and cheerfully used my handbag to carry the couple groceries I bought rather than get a grocery bag. You can't win. A friend of a friend standing near by snarkily commented that a large bag like that surely encouraged a person to buy more stuff. Eugenia, Portlandia.

March 26, 2012 12:31 PM

Occupy Eugene and other local groups are planning a protest gathering from 4 to 6 pm today, March 26, in front of the old Federal Building at 7th and Pearl, in honor of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black youth who was killed in Florida recently by a neighborhood watch volunteer. Martin was wearing a hoodie at the time.

"Wear your hoodie, bring a sign, come stand together in solidarity for true justice," says one organizer.

March 26, 2012 12:59 PM

Lucero live at Wonder Ballroom PDX | Photo by Todd Cooper

Click any image to view a gallery of more.

Lucero live at Wonder Ballroom PDX | Photo by Todd Cooper

Lucero live at Wonder Ballroom PDX | Photo by Todd Cooper

Lucero live at Wonder Ballroom PDX | Photo by Todd Cooper

Lucero live at Wonder Ballroom PDX | Photo by Todd Cooper

Lucero live at Wonder Ballroom PDX | Photo by Todd Cooper

Lucero live at Wonder Ballroom PDX | Photo by Todd Cooper

Lucero live at Wonder Ballroom PDX | Photo by Todd Cooper

Lucero live at Wonder Ballroom PDX | Photo by Todd Cooper

March 23, 2012 01:31 PM

Raekwon of the Wu Tang Clan will be wrecking microphones at WOW Hall 9 pm Saturday, March 24: $18 Advance, $20 Door. If ya don't know, now you know!

March 22, 2012 01:12 PM

Lady Antebellum | Photo by Rob Sydor All photos by Rob Sydor. Click any image to see a gallery of more. Lady Antebellum | Photo by Rob Sydor Lady Antebellum | Photo by Rob Sydor Lady Antebellum | Photo by Rob Sydor Darius Rucker | Photo by Rob Sydor Darius Rucker | Photo by Rob Sydor

March 21, 2012 03:45 PM

The snow is falling and so are branches and powerlines. When the snow starts to melt, expect the rivers to rise . Eugene Public Works had over 100 reports of downed trees by 10 am and thousands of Lane County residents are without power.

Meanwhile in Wisconsin, and other typically frozen states, it's in the 80s.

Climate change anyone? Maybe with a little La Niña mixed in? The 7 inches of snow that had fallen by 10 am in Eugene makes this the biggest spring snowfall since March 5-7 1951, according to the National Weather Service.

And guess what? More snow is predicted for tonight! The good news is it's all supposed to melt tomorrow. Then there's that flooding I mentioned; the Siuslaw and the Mohawk may flood, and the mainstem of the Willamette will run high.

Want to know if you're area is going to be hit by a tsunami or freak snow storm? Sign up for the Community Emergency Notification System at http://www.lcog.org/alertme/

Sadly I was so busy trying not to slide into a ditch on the way to EW this morning (it's deadline day for us) I didn't take any pictures. If you took any good snow pics, post them to our Facebook page, please!

March 19, 2012 06:20 PM

Tired of male congressmen and senators — not to mention state legislators — trying to control your uterus? Worried there might be a transvaginal wand coming your way?

Tell them to get a uterus of their own.


Better yet, make them one. Government Free VJJ will show you how to give lawmakers a uterus or vagina of their very own to play with, legislate, whichever. "Dear Men in Congress: If we knit you a uterus, will you stay out of ours?"

The site offers links to patterns for knitting or crotcheting as well as mailing instructions. Personally, I am fond of the "snatchel."

March 15, 2012 01:03 PM

The Oregon League of Conservation Voters released its preliminary endorsements March 11 on selected state and county races in the May primary. More endorsements from the OLCV are expected. OLCV bases its endorsements on questionnaires sent to candidates and also on candidates' voting records on contested environmental issues.

In state legislative races, OLCV has endorsed Reps. Paul Holvey, Phil Barnhart, John Lively, Nancy Nathanson and Val Hoyle.

In Lane County Commission races, OLCV has endorsed Pete Sorenson and Rob Handy.

In city of Eugene races, OLCV has endorsed Mayor Kitty Piercy and Councilors Betty Taylor and Andrea Oriz.

Find updated endorsements at http://www.olcv.org/node/6121

According to the website:

"OLCV's endorsement is critical information voters can use to decide which candidates to trust. The vast majority of voters simply don’t have time do in-depth research on the candidates — OLCV does that important work for you."

"OLCV has a solid track record of winning close races, whether we’re working to elect candidates to vacant seats or to replace an anti-environment incumbent with pro-environment candidates."

March 15, 2012 02:43 PM

This anonymous poem was posted March 12 on the listserv of homeless-action@yahoogroups.com

I'd rather camp the wetlands,
Don't look for me downtown,
It's too cra-zy —
An there ain't no trees —
It ain't my stomping ground!

I'd rather camp the wetlands,
Can't stand this noisy street,
Those cars won't stop,
If I fall asleep — the cops will criminal-ize me!

I'd rather camp the wetlands,
Just shoo the flies away.
The birds and bees do as they please,
And I can read a book all day!

I'd rather camp the wetlands,
Where frogs come out at night,
It's freezing cold--but the moon is full,
Tickle-me spiders run — away from my flashlight!

I'd rather camp the wetlands,
The dragon-flies are friend-ly,
The shade is nice — my cats eat mice,
And snakes can watch me pee!

I'd rather camp the wetlands,
There's dung beetles in my poo,
If it's all the same — I'll take the blame,
Because my tarp is blue!

I'd rather camp the wetlands,
Where It's raining ducks and geese,
My tent is soaked,
And I think this oak — is going to fall on me!
Submitted by msdrswriter@yahoo.com

March 14, 2012 10:21 AM

The Eugene Peace Choir has been singing about peace, the environment and social justice since 1984. This video was taken at a February 2012 multi-choir event at the First United Methodist Church in Eugene. The song "Grace of God" was written by group member Larry Dobberstein. The choir rehearses Monday evenings and is looking for new members.The choir's website is http://eugenepeacechoir.com/about.html

March 13, 2012 01:48 PM

March 7, 2012 12:12 PM

Charles Eisenstein, author of "Sacred Ecoomics: Money, Gift and Society in the Age of Transition," will be in Corvallis and Eugene for a series of public lectures and workshops. He will speak at 7 pm Thursday, March 8, at 112 Kearney Hall at OSU. Donations at the door suggested $5-$20.

He will speak from 7 to 10 pm Saturday, March 10, at Columbia 150 on the UO campus, and from 9 am to 4 pm Sunday, March 11, at an all-day workshop at WOW Hall, 291 W. 8th Ave. in Eugene. See www.unifyingcascadia.info

Here is part of an interview with Eisenstein for Katie Teague's documentary, "Money & Life."