Local News Briefs
M. 37 town hall set
A town hall meeting in Lake Oswego on Measure 37 is being hosted by Rep. Greg Macpherson, D-Lake Oswego.
The public is invited.
The session, 'Land Use Fairness - Fixing Measure 37,' is scheduled for Monday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the library of Lake Oswego Junior High School.
Macpherson will team up with Lane Shetterly, director of the state Department of Land Conservation and Development, for the town hall.
The junior high is located at 2500 Country Club Road.
For additional information, contact Macpherson's aide, Lori Howell, at 503-986-1438.
Leaders, take note
The Community Leaders Breakfast will be held next Thursday from 7 to 9 a.m. at Oswego Lake Country Club.
The event, hosted by the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Key Bank and Marcia Kies, with the Hasson Co. Realtors, is expected to draw a crowd of more than 100 community leaders. The group will hear a presentation on issues facing the community and then discuss at the tables implications and possible ways of dealing with the issues.
Sen. Richard Devlin, D-Tualatin, and Rep. Greg Macpherson, D-Lake Oswego, will speak to the group, providing a 'View from Salem.'
Cost of the breakfast is $20, which is payable by credit card at the time you place your reservation. Reservations can be made by calling the chamber office at 503-636-3634.
Redistricting is topic
The Clackamas County League of Women Voters will discuss the process for redistricting Oregon's state legislative districts Wednesday.
The 7 p.m. public meeting on 'Redistricting in Oregon' is at the West Linn Library, 1595 Burns St.
The United States Constitution requires states to reapportion their congressional and state legislative districts after each 10-year census. With the introduction of computers into the process in the 1970s, and the use of demographic and past voting data, legislatures have increasingly been able to reconfigure districts to favor particular political parties and/or incumbents. The practice, often called 'gerrymandering' at times may seem more like incumbents choosing their voters, than voters choosing their representatives. The increase in partisanship in legislatures has made the redistricting process even more controversial.
'Redistricting in Oregon' is a statewide study of the Oregon League. (The 30-page research report is available at www.lwvor.org).
Members throughout the state will discuss the study, questions of the criteria for drawing district boundaries, who should draw them and what part should the courts play in the redistricting process. Using the consensus of its members the League may use the answers when the state Legislature reviews current requirements.
Learn eating wellness
Mountain Park Recreation Center is offering 'Paradise Found,' a six-week eating wellness program. Lake Oswego psychiatrist Dr. Alysa Zalma designed the program as an alternative to dieting and obsessive exercise.
Zalma, a board-certified psychiatrist, has been studying and treating men and women with eating challenges since 1993. She will lead the six-week workshop.
The program will be introduced at an open house Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. at the rec center, located at 2 Mt. Jefferson Terrace in Lake Oswego.
The workshop will meet Feb. 28, March 7, 14, 28, April 4 and 11 at the rec center. For more information, call Zalma at 503-703-0302.
Democrats to meet
Democrats will meet today at 4 p.m. at Oswego Lake Country Club. Guest speakers will be Dan Bernstein, president of Portland State University, and Preston Pulliams, president of Portland Community College.
Bernstein and Pulliams will discuss the role of higher education in our community with special emphasis on the manner in which such institutions effect the economy of the region. Are we supportint higher education to the extent necessary to train a skilled workforce for the 21st century and keep our best and brightest people here in the state?
Willamette Women Democrats meet the second Thursday of each month through May at Oswgo Lake Country Club, 20 Iron Mountain Blvd., Lake Oswego. Light refreshments are served.
Tickets to the forum are $11 for members, $13 for non-members.
Graham's events set
Each Saturday during February Graham's Book and Stationery, in conjunction with Lake Oswego Reads 'The Shadow of the Wind,' is hosting Sangria Saturdays from noon to 3 p.m. Graham's is offering a tasting of a different type of sangria each week and hosting Spanish-themed events.
This Saturday, the Millennium Clarinets will perform from noon to 1 p.m., followed by Flamenco with Rafaela Gillette. Then the Millennium Brass will play from 2 to 3 p.m.
On Feb. 17, events include Touring the Pyrenees (Walking Softly Adventures) from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. and Traveling Spain with Kristin Johnson from 1:45 to 3 p.m.
Artist Jan Rimmerman will help folks of all ages create Spanish Cave Art from noon to 3 p.m.
Graham's is located at 460 Second St.
SOLV projects sought
SOLV is seeking project applications for its 18th annual SOLV IT Earth Day project scheduled for April 28th at a variety of area sites.
SOLV IT, presented by Portland General Electric, focuses on cleaning illegal dump sites, beautifying and enhancing neighborhoods and public spaces, restoring watersheds, and much more. In the past seventeen years, SOLV IT volunteers have removed more than 6,400 tons of debris from illegal dump sites, neighborhoods and natural areas. This year's event represents an opportunity to become a SOLV IT project coordinator and to apply for assistance for a local community volunteer project.
SOLV provides free training for project leaders, a project planning guide, pre-event publicity, assistance with volunteer recruitment and placement, and project supplies, such as bags and vinyl gloves. If you have a project to be considered for SOLV IT 2007, visit www.solv.org to complete the online project application form or call SOLV for a hard copy form at 503-844-9571. Deadline to apply is Feb. 19.