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Fiala Farms bridges the community

A fun event with proceeds going toward White Oak Savanna acquisition fund
by: SUBMITTED  PHOTO Students from Willamette Primary School helped plant  native plants in the White Oak Savanna in February .

If you find yourself looking for something to do this Saturday, head down to Stafford Hamlet's Fiala Farms. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the century-old farm is hosting the Bridging Communities through Art and Agriculture event, and with activities for the whole family it is bound to be a good time.

Organizers of the event hope to raise money for the acquisition and restoration of West Linn's newest natural park, the White Oak Savanna. Funds will go to Neighbors for a Livable West Linn (NLWL) who will use it to chip away at the remaining 5.65 acres of the natural habitat that has yet to be acquired.

Richard Fiala, owner of Fiala Farms, says he is looking forward to the event for two reasons.

'I'm excited about reintroducing our farm and the surrounding area to people of the community, and being able to provide a place for the benefit of the White Oak Savanna,' Fiala said.

Many local artists' works will be available for sale at the event including fairy houses, photography, copper works, succulents, glass works, garden art, and whimsical paintings. Of the sales from vendors, 20 percent of the proceeds will go to NLWL, while 100 percent of sales from the White Oak Savanna Jewelry booth will be donated.

Also on the agenda is a raffle. Patrons who buy $1 tickets will be entered into a drawing to win a Mini Camp Kitchen from REI, a woman's jacket and man's sweater from Columbia Sportswear, a blue bird house donated by one of the artists, and a $50 gift certificate to P.F. Chang's.

'It just makes me so happy to know businesses consider this important enough to donate their goods, and partner with us,' said Roberta Schwarz, co-founder of NLWL.

For those who are avid gardeners, present at the event will be two master gardeners with whom they can talk shop.

'Our certified master gardeners will answer any plant questions, and will have literature available on native plants in Oregon,' Schwarz said.

The kids will have plenty to do exploring farm life and the many pieces of antique farm equipment preserved by the Fiala family. Afterwards, they should stop by the 'Play in the Clay' booth where they can try creating clay sculptures for free.

This event promises to be unique, and fun for everyone.

'Of all the things we've done so far, this is the one I've been most excited for,' Schwarz said. 'It is the first of its kind.'