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Get your grassroots on

An all-day summit for activists — both would-be and weathered — will take place this Saturday, April 6, in Pacific University’s Taylor Auditorium in Marsh Hall.

The third annual Washington County Action Summit, “Tools for Change,” is co-sponsored by Pacific’s McCall Center for Policy Innovation and the Washington County Citizen Action Network (WC CAN). Session topics will include land use, community activism, grassroots lobbying, working with Latinos and other underserved communities, influencing the 2014 election, and much more.

The opening speaker is Robert Liberty, director of Portland State University’s Urban Sustainability Accelerator Program. Lunch speaker is Kristin Smock, consultant to the Coalition of a Livable Future and the PSU School for Urban Studies. Several government officials plan to attend, including State Rep. Ben Unger.

Participating organizations include the Washington County Planning Commission, 1000 Friends of Oregon, Sensible Transportation Options for People, Friends of Family Farmers, Tualatin Riverkeepers and the Helvetia Community Association.

The summit runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., includes lunch and refreshments and costs $10 for adults, $5 for students. Space is limited to 100 participants. Find out if there's still room and register online at wc–can.org/summit2013/register.php.

Fair board meets

The Washington County Fair Board will hold its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 4:30 p.m. at the Washington County Fair Complex Cloverleaf Building, located at 873 NE 34th Ave, Hillsboro OR 97124. The meeting will include an update on this year's fair and a discussion on the relationship between the fair board and fair boosters.

Café seeks ideas

The new owner of Caffé Montecassino will hold a brainstorming session beginning Friday, April 5, to find out what patrons would like the café to offer. Karen Mossbarger will have paper and pens available for jotting down ideas. Stop by at 1932 21st Ave. in Forest Grove.

Support your local trails

Speak up for your favorite trail project when the Oregon Recreation Trails Advisory Council meets at L.L. Stub Stewart State Park from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 5. The seven volunteer council members hope local citizens, advocates and land mangers will educate them about current trail-development initiatives in northwest Oregon. A public comment period is scheduled from 10:15 to 10:30 a.m. The council's job is to advise the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and to promote recreation and trail development. It meets four times a year in different locations around the state. Friday's meeting is free and open to the public and will take place in the park's Cabin Village Meeting Hall.

You be the judge

Forest Grove High School seniors need community volunteers to help view and comment on their Senior Projects this Friday, April 5, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Any available adult can volunteer. Come any time and comment on as many projects as you can fit into your schedule. If interested, contact Angie Tucker at 503-809-9569 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Landlord forum on gangs

The monthly forum presented by the Westside Crime Prevention Coalition, in partnership with Attorney Jeffrey S. Bennett, will help landlords figure out how to deal with gang-related issues in Washington County. The 90-minute meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, on the Willow Creek campus of Portland Community College, 241 S.W. Edgeway Dr. in Hillsboro (Willow Creek MAX stop).

Fight blindness by ordering roses

The Forest Grove Lions Club is having its annual rose sale, and orders can be placed for $20 per cozen. The Lions Club is best known for fighting blindness, and the rose sale is one of its yearly fundraisers. The club gets its roses from Hill Florist and Gifts in Hillsboro. Orders must be submitted and payment received by April 13. All orders are sent out for delivery on April 26. The Forest Grove Lions Club currently supports many organizations, including Tuality Healthcare, the Pacific University Eye Clinic, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Adelante Mujeres and Forest Grove Little League. To place an order, contact Fred Marble at 503-348 -8576 or Jessi Holycross at 503-992-8600.

Meet your congresswoman — and draw for her

Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.) will hold a town hall meeting in Forest Grove's Community Auditorium, 1915 Main St., from 4 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 20.

Bonamici is also hosting the 2013 Congressional Art Competition, open to students in grades 9-12 who live or go to school in Oregon's 1st Congressional District. On April 23, submitted artwork will be featured on Bonamici's official Facebook page, where visitors will help select a finalist. On April 30, a panel of local artists will select the winner, whose artwork will be publicy displayed on Capitol Hill for one year. To learn more, go to bonamici.house.gov/art.

SOLVE IT for Earth Day

Sign up to help beautify your corner of Oregon through the volunteer/activist group SOLVE, a clearinghouse for more than 200 outdoor-improvement projects across the state, from litter pickup to tree planting to blackberry removal. Local projects include planting at Council Creek in Cornelius and at Stites Green Space in Forest Grove, as well as garbage and native-plant removal in Gales Creek. To learn more or register, go to solveoregon.org or call 503-844-9571. Timed to coincide with Earth Day next Monday, the Portland General Electric-sponsored will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 20.

Take action — sustainably

The third and final Sustainability Summit sponsored by Forest Grove's ad hoc sustainability committee will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 20, at the Forest Grove Senior and Community Center, 2037 Douglas St. Help finalize action plans for renewable energy, transportation, recycling and solid waste, green building and social equity. Coffee and food available at 8:30 a.m.

Dump your drugs

The Forest Grove Police Department is holding a free "Prescription Drug Turn-In" from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27. Keep unwanted or expired medications out of the hands of children and out of our waterways (where they often end up after being flushed down the toilet). Bring them to the police station, 2102 Pacific Ave., for proper disposal.

Ask your senator

State Sen. Bruce Starr (R-District 15) will report on action in the legislature and take questions at a town hall meeting from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 29, in the Forest Grove Community Auditorium, 1915 Main St.

Travelers wanted for September trip

Forest Grove's Sister Cities Committee is seeking members for a formal delegation to visit Nyuzen, Japan, next fall. Mayor Pete Truax recently announced the visit, which will run from Saturday, Sept. 28, to Friday, Oct. 4, and is geared to celebrate Nyuzen's 60th anniversary as a city, along with its 25 years as a sister city to Forest Grove. Any Forest Grove adults may apply. Travel costs are estimated at $1,800 to $2,000 per person. Delegates will stay with host families. The delegation is limited to 10 to 12 members, each with a valid passport. Application forms are available at forestgrove-or.gov. For more information, contact City Recorder Anna Ruggles at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-992-3235. Deadline to apply is May 31.

ODFW holds art contest

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is holding an art contest to benefit its Habitat Conservation Stamp program. The winning artist will receive $3,000. The department will accept entries from June 1 through Aug. 30. Artwork must feature one of these 22 amphibian or reptile species in its appropriate habitat: Cascades frog, Cascade torrent salamander, Clouded salamander, coastal tailed frog, Columbia spotted frog, Columbia torrent salamander, Cope's giant salamander, foothill yellow-legged frog, inland tailed frog, Larch Mountain salamander, Northern leopard frog, Northern red-legged frog, Oregon slender salamander, Oregon spotted frog, Siskiyou Mountain salamander, Southern torrent salamander, Western toad, Common kingsnake, Northern sagebrush lizard, Western painted turtle, Northwestern pond turtle, Western rattlesnake. See the ODFW website, dfw.state.or.us/conservationstrategy/habitat_conservation_stamp.asp, for contest rules and entry form. The contest winner will be chosen by a panel comprised of an ODFW commissioner and four citizens to be selected by the ODFW director. Artwork will be available for public viewing on the ODFW website.




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