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Down & Drity

GMO-labeling campaign

Do you want to know if the foods you buy at the grocery store contain any genetically modified organisms?

Oregon Right to Know is seeking volunteers to gather signatures for a ballot initiative that would require such GMO labeling on foods sold in the state. Organizers are shooting for Oregon’s November ballot, and need to submit 87,213 valid signatures to the state Elections Division by July 3. The campaign expects to rely on a mix of paid and volunteer signature-gatherers.

To read the full text of what is now called Ballot Initiative 44: oregonvotes.org/irr/2014/044

text.pdf.

To volunteer for the campaign: www.oregonrighttoknow.org/

Blackberries and ivy

No, it’s not the latest ice cream flavor from Salt & Straw. It’s our old invasive friends again, and volunteers are needed to remove them at Carson Cove, Wash., at rarely visited land trust property on the banks of the Columbia River.

It’s part of the Friends of the Columbia Gorge Lend-a-Hand Stewardship series, from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 21. The actual work takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with Land Trust Manager Kate McBride.

Register in advance at the website: bit.ly/1hSk4v4.

More litter

Speaking of trash, volunteers are welcome to the monthly Second Saturday Cleanup in Northwest Portland, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, June 14. Folks will pick up litter between Northwest Vaughn and Raleigh streets between 22nd and 26th avenues.

Coffee, tea and pastries will be offered to volunteers at Food Front on its front terrace. Come dressed for the weather.

Meet at Northwest 23rd Place and Thurman Street.

For more information, contact coordinator Philip Selinger at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-224-5122, or visit bit.ly/1kjw G3G.

If the following weekend is better for you, join the Northwest District Association for its monthly Third Saturday Cleanup in Northwest Portland, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, June 21. Meet at 115 N.W. 22nd Ave.

Stick around for some coffee and conversation afterward. More information: bit.ly/U7J7oU.

See some mermaids

Join the Oregon Mermaids for an afternoon cleaning up Cannon Beach, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 14.

Meet up at 11 a.m. at Mo’s Restaurant in Tolovana Park, 195 W. Warren Way. Everyone who collects litter gets a free cup of clam chowder from Mo’s in Cannon Beach.

The Oregon Mermaids offer a program called Mermaid Tales, where they teach conservation and giving back to the community.

For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit bit.ly/1kykzPH.

Beautify Mary Young

SOLVE invites volunteers to remove English ivy and brush at Mary S. Young Park in West Linn, on 21000 Highway 43, from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 14.

For information, contact coordinator Norm King at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-635-8959, or visit bit.ly/1m6x3dw.

Down and Dirty offers ways Portland-area residents can take part in environmental stewardship and related activities. If your organization has an activity to promote, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , and use a subject line of Down and Dirty.