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Portland Earth Day event canceled

Plenty of other activities slated to honor holiday


by: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP FILE PHOTO: L.E. BASKOW - Jody Foster, da Vinci Middle School teacher, chalks out a message on a water cistern prior to an Earth Day celebration. Earth Day is celebrated by one billion people around the world, in 22 different countries, but the holiday may be losing steam in Portland.

The City Repair Project, which has hosted some of the Portland area’s largest Earth Day events every year since 1999, won’t be doing one this year. The Portland nonprofit, known for doing “placemaking” art such as outdoor cob benches and festively painted intersections, couldn’t recruit enough volunteers to be Earth Day coordinators, so it decided to take a break this year. City Repair hopes to revive the festival next year.

However, Portland won't be completely without Earth Day festivities. Portland State University will hold its 6th-annual festival on Monday, April 22 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. behind Smith Memorial Student Union on the Park Blocks.

“It’s a way to bring together the PSU community as well as the broader community,” says Jessica Beutler, organizer for the event, “in order to talk about sustainability and Earth issues as well as to celebrate Earth Day.”

The event will include local art and food vendors. Vendors are required to compost and provide sustainable food packaging.

Also back this year is another "Earth Day Evening of Music and Song,” organized by The Center for Earth Leadership. The event will be at the First Unitarian Church, Southwest 12th Avenue and Salmon Street in downtown Portland, on Friday, April 19, from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. There will be musical performances featuring Michael Allen Harrison, Sky in the Road, Raphael Spiro String Quartet, and the Portland Peace Choir. RSVP at 503-227-2315 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Earth Day marks the anniversary of what many view as the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.

Worldwide, the Earth Day Network's 2013 theme is: The Face of Climate Change. Events will highlight those affected by climate change as well as those who are doing something to change it.

While Portland's leading Earth Day tradition has gotten a little lost, celebrations are in full swing in several other communities in the area. Here’s a look at some of the activities:

Various locales

• SOLVE is organizing numerous environmental cleanup events on Saturday, April 20, at what is billed as the state’s largest celebration of Earth Day. For a list of events and to sign up, go to: http://www.solveoregon.org/get-involved/event-registration

West Linn

• The West Linn Sustainability Advisory Board hosts a "Community Shred and Recycle Event" at City Hall on Saturday, April 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be free on-site shredding of documents — the first two banker-sized boxes are free, $5 per box after that — to protect residents’ identities and the environment. There also will be a free “E-waste” drop-off for used computers, televisions, laptops and other electronics. And West Linn Lions Club will collect donations of used eyeglasses, which are refurbished for people in need.  

• There’ll be a riverside cleanup at Maddax Woods Park on Saturday, April 20, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., sponsored by West Linn Parks, Friends of Maddax Woods, and Bolton Starbucks Coffee. Refreshments and tools will be provided.

• On Saturday, April 20, the Nature Conservancy hosts a work party and picnic at Camassia Natural Area to remove invasive plants. The Conservancy will provide drinks and dessert. To register, contact 503-802-8100 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Forest Grove

• Forest Grove United Church of Christ will help improve the native habitat by planting trees and removing invasive species at the Stites green space, on Saturday, April 20, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

• The Forest Grove Community School will host its annual Earth Day Bike Ride on Friday, April 26. The ride will start at 1:30 p.m. from the school, at 1914 Pacific Ave., and wind through town before returning to campus.

Oak Grove

• The second-annual Earth Day Beautification at Oak Grove Elementary will take place Saturday, April 20 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Volunteers will help with tree planting, courtyard weeding, sprucing and litter pick up, followed by a pizza party.

Hillsboro

• At an event called Solve It, Portland General Electric is recruiting volunteers to plant more than 300 trees and shrubs as part of the opening of the Rock Creek Trail Expansion at Orchard Park, 20900 NW Amberwood Drive, on Saturday, April 20, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For registration or questions, contact Morgan Parks at 503-844-9571 ext. 332 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Sherwood

Trashpalooza, a community-wide trash pickup, starts at Canary Square Plaza on Saturday, April 20, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Activities include a Golden Nugget Hunt and eco-friendly prizes for the team with the best "trash picking-up" outfits. Pick-up routes will be announced the day of the event. Visit facebook.com/TrashpaloozaSherwood for more information.

Oregon Coast

The Nature Conservancy hosts a work party and picnic at Cascade Head Preserve near Lincoln City on Saturday, April 20. Wear blackberry-whacking clothes. The Conservancy will provide drinks and dessert. To register, contact 503-802-8100 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Gladstone

Gladstone’s Centennial Cleanup will coordinate the clean up of littter, removal of invasive vegetation, and planting and mulching of native trees, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 20. Volunteers should meet at Gladstone City Hall. For registration questions, call Morgan Parks at 503-844-9571 ext. 332 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Oregon City

At Newell Creek Natural Area, volunteers are needed to help with weed pulling, debris and trash removal and drainage enhancement on Saturday, April 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Contact coordinator Bonnie Shoffner at 971-404-9184 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.

Milwaukie

At Milwaukie Presbyterian Church on 2416 S.E. Lake Road, volunteers are needed to pick up trash and remove invasive plants on Saturday, April 20, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Afterwards, snacks will be provided at local businesses such as Bob’s Red Mill, Starbucks and Dave’s Killer Bread.

Contact Beth Ragel with questions at 503-786-7568 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .