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Concerned about fracking?

Portland-area residents can get a quick primer on hydraulic fracturing or fracking of natural gas, and learn about the local campaign against the export of liquefied natural gas, on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lucky Labrador Brew Pub on 915 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd.

The local event is sponsored by Food & Water Watch to mark Global Frackdown 2, an international day of activities.

Participants can learn how fracking affects the Northwest, and watch Josh Fox’s “The Sky is Pink,” while mingling and drinking beer.

For more information: www.globalfrackdown.org/events/#oregon

Get to wear a Friends of Tree vest

Friends of Trees would like to train more crew leaders to teach others how to plant trees.

There’s no pay, but you get to wear a Friends of Tree vest during the plantings and earn a free T-shirt. Friends of Trees also provides free food at its planting events.

One-day trainings are scheduled for the Neighborhood Trees program on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Southeast Portland, and Saturday, Nov. 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Southeast Vancouver.

There’s also a training for the Green Space Initiative on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in Northwest Portland.

To find out more: www.friendsoftrees.org/volunteering#CLs

Don’t let that wind stop you

SOLVE will hold a makeup date for coastal cleanup activities originally scheduled in late September but postponed due to heavy winds and rain on the Oregon Coast.

“Oregon volunteers are resilient; an early storm won’t stop us from ensuring the health of our coastlines,” says Joy Irby, SOLVE Program Coordinator.

Volunteers are invited to join this special extension of SOLVE’s Fall Beach Cleanup on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Group cleanups are scheduled at several sites, including Fort Stevens State Park, Cannon Beach City Hall, Tolovana Wayside, Nehalem Bay State Park and Devil’s Punchbowl State Natural Area. Other sites are planned as well.

Find out more about the various cleanup locales or sign up to volunteer at www.solveoregon.org, 503-844-9571 ext. 332 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Paddle to plant on Ross Island

Portland Parks & Recreation and Willamette Riverkeeper sponsor a morning paddle out to Ross Island, followed by planting native plants to improve wildlife habitat on the island, on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Bring your own canoe or kayak or reserve one of theirs. No paddling experience is necessary, but you need to RSVP, and space is limited. Contact Marissa Dorais, Willamette River Stewardship Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (503) 823-7016 to reserve your place.

Beautify the gorge

Friends of the Columbia Gorge hosts a Lend-a-Hand Stewardship event at Mosier Plateau, on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Remove blackberries on the group’s land trust property near the quaint town of Mosier, and then help pull teasel on the group’s Mosier Plateau property.

Carpools will leave from the Gateway transit center in Northeast Portland. Register in advance at: gorgefriends.nonprofitsoapbox.com/hikes/event/26 

Down and Dirty highlights ways Portland-area residents can do their part for environmental stewardship and related activities.

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