Pitching in for the environment

Stand up for transit riders

OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon and Bus Riders Unite are seeking volunteers to fan out into the community on the first Saturday of each month to talk with transit riders about their concerns, and help build a stronger base to advocate for equitable transit investments.

To hop on board, meet at the OPAL office at 2407 S.E 49th Ave., near Division Street in Portland, at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7. Food and orientation are provided.

For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-342-8910.

Casting call for tree huggers

Friends of Trees is recruiting more Call Stars, volunteers who contact homeowners who have expressed interest in having trees planted in their neighborhood.

The job is part community organizing, part customer service. It’s a great way to help increase the tree canopy in the region for those who don’t want to risk getting dirt under their fingernails.

Call Stars work from the office at 3117 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Portland, from 5:30 p.m to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Because there’s training involved, Call Stars must commit to at least four sessions.

Contact Andy or Jenny in the volunteer and outreach program, at 503-595-0213.

Getting wet in Johnson Creek

Volunteers are invited to help clean up trash in and along Johnson Creek, and get a free barbeque lunch, from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 24. Bring shoes and clothes that you don’t mind getting soggy.

Meet at Mill Park in Milwaukie, at Southeast Linwood Avenue and Overland Street, just south of Johnson Creek Boulevard. Barbeque will be from noon to 2 p.m.

Sponsored by Johnson Creek Watershed Council, Green Lents and other groups.

RSVP to Amy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 503-652-7477.

Weed warriors unite

Want to bring more TLC to venerable Mount Tabor Park in Southeast Portland? Become a Weed Warrior.

The Friends of Mount Tabor Park and SOLVE invite volunteers to help remove invasive plants such as Himalayan blackberry and English ivy.

The next event takes place 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 31. Meet at the visitors center by the main parking lot on the north side of the park. Don’t forget to wear sturdy pants and long sleeves, with supportive closed-toe shoes or boots. If you have them, bring work gloves, a trowel and hand clippers.

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