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‘Step Into Her Shoes’ returns to Pacific

The Center for Gender Equity invites the public to support the women and men on campus as they bring attention to societal pressures women face.

Pacific’s second annual “Step Into Her Shoes” event, set for Friday, Oct. 2, asks whether high heels, make-up and bras are really necessary, said Martha Rampton of the CGE. “The average woman spends approximately $15,000 on beauty products during her lifetime, and 4 in 5 women wear makeup,” said Rampton. “One in 10 women wears high heels at least three days a week and exposes [herself] to injured leg muscles, osteoarthritis of the knee, plantar fasciitis and low back pain. Over up to 90 percent of North American women wear uncomfortable push-up bras. The question is, why?”

Sixty men at Pacific have signed up to run, jump, dance and strut in an “entertaining obstacle course that puts men in women’s shoes, literally, to bring attention to problems affecting us all,” Rampton said. Each team will compete for funds they will donate to a nonprofit organization of their choice that deals with domestic abuse.

Food and music will follow the obstacle course event. It all happens from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the quad on the Forest Grove campus. To sign up for the obstacle course, contact sarg8185@pacificu.edu.

Market Waste Center accepts polystyrene

The Waste Center at the Forest Grove Farmers Market will be collecting polystyrene blocks through the rest of the market season. .

Bring polystyrene blocks (no peanuts, clamshells or dinnerware) to the farmers market on Main Street Forest Grove on Wednesdays from 4 to 7pm. The Waste Center is located on the west lawn of the United Church of Christ, along Main Street.

For more information, email earnestenvironmentalist@gmail.com.

Cornelius hosts 10th Spanish Town Hall

The 10th Spanish-speaking Town Hall will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at Centro Cultural of Washington County in Cornelius, located at 12th Avenue and Adair Street.

Cornelius Mayor Jef Dalin, Police Chief Gene Moss, members of the Cornelius City Council, Washington County Health & Human Services Director Marni Kuyl, Centro Cultural personnel and Cornelius City Manager Rob Drake will be present to hear Latino residents’ concerns and answer questions.

Kuyl will provide an update about the county’s closure of the health clinics in Hillsboro and Beaverton, which became effective July 1.

A fully bilingual Spanish-speaking volunteer translator will help facilitate communications. Residents of Cornelius, Hillsboro, Forest Grove and surrounding communities are invited to attend.

The city of Cornelius and Centro Cultural jointly hosted the first Spanish-speaking Town Hall in July 2012. Cornelius has a 50 percent Latino population and the city is “working hard to promote communications with the entire community, building a more positive relationship between Latinos and the city,” Drake said.

The town halls last approximately 90 minutes. Light refreshments will be served.

Cornelius plan boosted

The city of Cornelius is one of 17 communities across Oregon ­— out of 57 applicants — recently awarded a Transportation Growth Management (TGM) grant to help fund transportation and land-use planning projects.

Cornelius was awarded approximately $160,000 to update its Transportation System Program “to ensure future development within the city is aligned with the plans and policies that will guide development within the region,” according to the Oregon Department of Transportation, which sponsors the grants with the Department of Land Conservation and Development.

In the application, officials said they “desire to ... address pedestrian and bicycle facility planning for existing roadways to develop feasible solutions; examine in more detail the planned intersection improvement at Highway 8 and 29th Avenue; improve pedestrian safety and access in the downtown core; and examine alternatives for reducing maintenance and construction costs.”


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