Activist Alert 1-8-2015

Sen. Floyd Prozanski will speak to the Cottage Grove Blackberry Pie Society at 7 pm Thursday, Jan. 15, at Hard Knocks Brewing, 1024 E. Main St. in Cottage Grove. 

Rep. Tina Kotek, speaker of the House in the Oregon Legislature, will speak at City Club of Eugene at noon Friday, Jan. 16, at the Downtown Athletic Club, 999 Willamette St. Her topic will be “An Opportunity Agenda for Oregonians,” including support for education, higher pay, equal pay and affordable housing. $5 for non-members. See

• OSU soil scientist James Cassidy will speak at 7:30 pm Friday, Jan. 16, at 100 Willamette Hall on the UO campus. The free talk is sponsored by the Eugene Natural History Society. “It’s all about soil!” Cassidy says. “Most people have only a vague idea of what soil is and how it works.” Soil is “the reason you are alive.” Free.  

• Eugene’s Martin Luther King Jr. events will begin at 9 am Monday, Jan. 19, with a gathering at PK Park (parking is at Serbu Youth Center, 2727 MLK Blvd.), and a march at 10 am to The Shedd at 868 High St. to hear a program of speakers. 

• Springfield’s 17th annual Martin Luther King Jr. March & Celebration will begin at 1:30 pm Monday, Jan. 19, at the Springfield Justice Center, 230 4th St., followed by a gathering, speeches, arts, music and other events at Springfield High School, 875 7th St. 

• LCC’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. events include actor and activist Holly Robinson-Peete as the keynote speaker at a community celebration beginning at 6:30 pm Monday, Jan. 19, at LCC’s main campus Center for Meeting and Learning, Building 19. Tickets are free and available at the door, but seating is limited. For more information email Greg Evans at or call 463-5340. 

• OSU’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. two-week celebration continues through Jan. 23 with the theme “Ordinary People, Extraordinary Change.” See schedule at See more listings of MLK Day events in our Calendar this week.

McKenzie Flyfishers will meet to hear about juvenile salmon, fishing Gold Lake and forest management practices along the North Fork of the Middle Fork of the Willamette Monday, Jan. 19, at Lewis & Clark Catering, 2210 MLK Blvd., behind the Mercedes dealership. Social hour is at 6 pm, dinner (optional at $17) is at 6:45 and the program is at 8. Call 913-0710 or visit Non-members welcome. 

• The Middle Fork Willamette Watershed Council will hold its 15th annual Celebration & Potluck from 6 to 9 pm Wednesday, Jan. 21, at the Jasper Grange, 36785 Jasper-Lowell Road. The theme is “The Resilient River: Revitalizing Our River in an Environment of Constant Change,” looking at the challenges of human impact and climate change through species revival, successful forest fire management and water quality protection. Open to the public. Call 937-9800 for more information.

• Outdoors author William Sullivan will talk and show photos of “Oregon’s Top 10 Snow Adventures” in an Oregon Wild gathering from 6 to 8 pm Wednesday, Jan. 21, at Claim 52 Brewing, 1030 Tyinn St. Tacos will be available from the Twisted Tako food truck. See or call 344-0675 for more information. Free.

Cascadia Forest Defenders is now meeting at 5:30 pm every Monday upstairs in Grower’s Market, 454 Willamette. The group also hosts Anarchist Cafe & Political Prisoner Letter-Writing at 3 pm Wednesdays in The Boreal, 450 W. 3rd Ave. Email to get on the mailing list.