Activist Alert 9-18-2014

Peace Week in Eugene began Sept. 14 and continues with the Sweet Peace Festival from noon to 5 pm Saturday, Sept. 20, at Whiteaker Community Head Start Center at 21 N. Grand St. The People’s Climate March (see below) is part of the series. The finale will be from 3 to 4 pm Sunday, Sept. 21, at the Nobel Laureate Peace Park at Alton Baker Park. Call 485-1755 or email

• 4J Superintendent Sheldon Berman will speak on “What Will Move Oregon Education Forward?” at City Club of Eugene at noon Friday, Sept. 19, at the Downtown Athletic Club, 999 Willamette. $5 for nonmembers. See UO law professor Mary Wood will be on the following program Friday, Sept. 26, speaking on “The Public Trust Doctrine: Will Courts Protect Natural Resources?”

• The first McKenzie Salmon Celebration will be from 10 am to 4 pm Saturday, Sept. 20, at the McKenzie Hatchery, 22 miles east of Springfield on Hwy. 126. Biologists and other experts will be available to talk about salmon life cycle, water quality, riparian habitat and the cultural significance of salmon. Live music and activities for children. Free. The same day on the McKenzie will be the dedication of a memorial for Bill Nelson, founder of the McKenzie Flyfishers, at 11 am at the Hendricks Bridge Wayside Park boat ramp. Call 688-5439 or email for more information. 

McKenzie River Trust has fall nature and bird tours coming up. The first will be Saturday, Sept. 20, on Big Island. The next will be Oct. 4 on the Berggren Watershed Conservation Area. See or call 345-2799.

• The People’s Climate March will take place in New York City Sept. 21, bringing together people of faith, labor unions, environmentalists and others. In Eugene, a rally will be held at 1 pm at the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza, followed by a march at 1:30 that will loop back to the plaza. “Poets, musicians and regional speakers will highlight Oregon’s unique position on the front lines of several fossil fuel fights affecting the course of global climate efforts,” organizers say. Contact or visit or volunteer at

• A special City Club of Eugene program on “Street Art in Eugene: A Public Forum” will be from 5:30 to 7 pm Tuesday, Sept. 23, at Cozmic, 199 W. 8th Ave. Various speakers will include EW Arts Editor Alexandra Notman.

Travis Williams, executive director of Willamette Riverkeeper, will speak at 7 pm Wednesday, Sept. 24, at Oakshire Brewing, 207 Madison St. Williams will talk on “Wild of the Willamette” highlighting the greenway areas along the river between Eugene and Salem.

• The Purple Light Nights campaign against domestic violence is coming to Lane County for October’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month and residents are encouraged to purchase and display purple light bulbs, available at Womenspace, 1577 Pearl St., Suite 200. The color purple is recognized as the international symbol of domestic violence. Light bulbs are $3 each or two for $5. Call Carrie Wright at 485-8232, ext.114 or email