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November 2017

NATURE TALK: THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE BEAUTIFUL: THE MANY FACETS OF DIATOMS

November 9, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Eco Hub @ the Willamette Heritage Center, 1313 Mill Street SE
Salem, Oregon 97301
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What is the size of a dust mote, can filter water, and provides us with every fifth breath we breathe? Diatoms are tiny plants that build ornate glass shells out of silica. Nearly all are beneficial, but a very few are invasive or can threaten human health. Rob Kimmich will talk about the role of diatoms in the environment, their benefits, a toxin they can produce, and a particular species of diatom that has become a major nuisance in streams around the world. Rob Kimmich is a…

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Suds ‘n’ Science Pub Talk: The Little Fish That Could (The Story of the Oregon Chub)

November 15, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Brew Coffee & Tap House, 211 S. Main Street
Independence, OR 97351 United States
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Free

Come hear Fish Biologist Brian Bangs, from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), talk about how the Oregon Chub beat the odds and became the first fish to ever be de-listed from the Endangered Species Act! ​Brian's interactive and engaging presentation highlights the power of partnership and how local landowners helped this little fish make a BIG recovery. All this, plus the opportunity to enjoy some excellent, locally sourced food, beer and wine in the heart of downtown…

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Guitar String Recycle and Restring Event

November 18, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Uptown Music, 3827 River Rd N
Keizer, OR 97303 United States
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Free

Uptown Music in Keizer is hosting a free guitar string recycling event to recycle old and used guitar strings on Saturday, November 18 at 10 a.m. Musicians can bring in their old strings for recycling and have their electric or acoustic guitars restrung with new ones, furnished by D'Addario, for free. Details about the instrument string recycling program can be found: http://www.terracycle.com/en-US/brigades/daddario-playback

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December 2017

NATURE TALK: OREGON’S PUBLIC BEACHES A GIFT OF FORESIGHT AND FORTUNE

December 14, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Eco Hub @ the Willamette Heritage Center, 1313 Mill Street SE
Salem, Oregon 97301
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Oregon’s public beaches are a hallmark of the state. Yet, the gift of public shores was not always a sure thing, especially at a time when states were in favor of the privatization of beaches around the US. This Nature Talk celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Oregon’s famous Beach Bill with land-use expert and historian Bob Bailey, as he walks us through the path that led Oregon to free and public beaches. He will explore the individuals, the serendipity, and the public…

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January 2018

Salem Vegan Dine Out!

January 7 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Marco Polo Global Restaurant, 300 Liberty St. SE
Salem, OR 97301 United States
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Hello and Happy New Vegan Year 2018! This Sunday, January 7th, 1:30 p.m. we will meet and dine together at Marco Polo!  Won't it simply be wonderful to see each other again and eat a cruelty-free meal with our fellow plant-based friends after a long, long month! Experience strength in numbers, network, and celebrate the fact that we are doing more for the earth by living vegan than we would by any other act. Marco Polo Restaurant, 300 Liberty St. SE, Salem  Parking…

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Birds of Oregon

January 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Straub Environmental Learning Center, 1320 A. St. NE
Salem, OR 97302 United States
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$5 - $10

Salem Environmental Education presents Birds of Oregon as part of the Natural History of Oregon series on Wednesday, January 10 at 7:00 Oregon is a wonderful place to see a wide variety of birds due to its varied habitats including forests, deserts, the coastline, fields, and marshes. Expert birder Mike Unger will concentrate on winter bird identification including birds you might see in the valley this time of year. The remarkable birds we will discuss include raptors, ducks, shorebirds and…

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Super Soil Mixing Class

January 13 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Keizer nursury, 4570 River Rd
Keizer, OR 97303 United States
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$10

Start planning for next years harvest now! Super Soil is full of microbes that take a few months to "cook" before it is ready to add to your garden. Come join us and learn how to make your own steaming pile of soil that will help your cannabis plants flourish. RSVP early to pre order how many gallons you would like to mix to ensure the supplies needed, or feel free to come on out to learn about all the…

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Come out and plant trees and shrubs at Minto Brown Island Park with Friends of Trees

January 27 @ 8:45 am - 1:00 pm

Join Friends of Trees and the City of Salem for the first of this year’s three planting events at the newly opened Minto Island Conservation Area. We will be planting native trees and shrubs along the new multi-use path connecting Riverfront Park with the greater Minto Brown Island Park. This event is partially funded with grants from Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board and Meyer Memorial Trust. Volunteer parking will be at Riverfront City Park, with a short walk across the newly…

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February 2018

Eco Wax Wrap

February 1 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Discover Quilting, 910 Commercial St SE
Salem, OR 97302 United States
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Learn to make beeswax infused fabric wraps to preserve food.

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Oregon’s Marine Reserves

February 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Anderson Rooms – Salem City Library, 585 Liberty ST SE
Salem, OR 97301 United States
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$5.00

After many years, oceans which cover 70 percent of our earth are finally receiving the conservation attention they deserve. While international waters still prove problematic for such measures, nation and state controlled coastal areas have been making great strides at conserving sites, balancing the need for continued resource use. This talk will focus on the recently established marine protected areas in Oregon waters called the Oregon Marine Reserve system. Topics include a history of the marine reserve process, discussion the…

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Wildlife of Oregon

February 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Straub Environmental Learning Center, 1320 A. St. NE
Salem, OR 97302 United States
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$5.00 - $10

The wildlife in Oregon are extremely diverse, ranging in size from the field mouse to the black bear. This program lead by naturalist Ron Crouse will use hides, furs and skulls to examine a variety of species that can be found in our state. We will work at learning how to identify animals and learn about their adaptations that help them to survive in the wild. On the following Saturday we will travel to a local wildlife refuge to observe…

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Plant Based Cooking with Deb Kay – Breakfast

February 8 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Temple Beth Sholom, 1274 Cunningham Lane S
Salem, OR 97302 United States
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$50

Thinking of adding more plant based options to your menu but not sure how to make it interesting for yourself and others? What do we cook? Will my family eat it? Pleasing the other members of the family is one of the biggest challenges. In this class we’ll cook some basic, simple meals the whole family will enjoy that don’t take all day to prepare. Come learn how fun and easy it is to turn fresh local produce into a…

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Restoration Work Party at Willamette Mission

February 10 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Willamette Mission State Park, 10991 Wheatland Rd Ne,
Salem, OR 97026 United States
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Join us along with our friends at Oregon State Parks in planting and mulching native trees and shrubs along the edge of a new floodplain forest at Willamette Mission State Park. Learn more about the important role of floodplain forests and how we have been working to improve these habitats in the Willamette Valley. This event is family friendly! What: Willamette Mission Restoration Work Party When: Saturday, February 10th from 9:30am to 12:30pm Details: Meet in the gravel lot for…

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Restoration Work Party at Willamette Mission

February 10 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Willamette Mission State Park, 10991 Wheatland Rd Ne,
Salem, OR 97026 United States
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Join us along with our friends at Oregon State Parks in planting and mulching native trees and shrubs along the edge of a new floodplain forest at Willamette Mission State Park. Learn more about the important role of floodplain forests and how we have been working to improve these habitats in the Willamette Valley. This event is family friendly! What: Willamette Mission Restoration Work Party When: Saturday, February 10th from 9:30am to 12:30pm Details: Meet in the gravel lot for…

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NATURE TALK: ALPS ADVENTURE

February 15 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Dye House at Willamette Heritage Center, 1313 Mill Street Southeast
Salem, OR 97301 United States
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Free

Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn and the Eiger—in just two weeks! The Straub Environmental Center will be hosting local Chemeketan Club mountain climbers—Scott Phillips, Jate Rademaker and Aislinn Adams—as they share their July 2016 adventure story of their attempt to climb these three, legendary peaks in the European Alps. Join us to hear this inspiring story.

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Junior Master Gardener Facilitator Training Course

February 17 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
OSU Extension Service, Marion County, 1320 Capitol St NE, Ste 110
Salem, OR 97301 United States
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Please plan to join us for the Junior Master Gardener Facilitator Training on Saturday, February 17th from 9:00am-3:00pm at the OSU Extension Service (1320 Capitol St NE, Salem OR 97301). This training is provided to Master Gardeners at no-cost, including workshop supplies and refreshments. Feel free to bring a sack lunch if you would like. Training Overview: Join Oregon’s state Junior Master Gardener Coordinator, Kelly Noack, and Oregon’s MCMGA member of the year, Jim Liskey, as we collaborate to bring…

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Junior Master Gardener Facilitator Training Course

February 17 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
OSU Extension Service, Marion County, 1320 Capitol St NE, Ste 110
Salem, OR 97301 United States
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Please plan to join us for the Junior Master Gardener Facilitator Training on Saturday, February 17th from 9:00am-3:00pm at the OSU Extension Service (1320 Capitol St NE, Salem OR 97301). This training is provided to Master Gardeners at no-cost, including workshop supplies and refreshments. Feel free to bring a sack lunch if you would like. Training Overview: Join Oregon’s state Junior Master Gardener Coordinator, Kelly Noack, and Oregon’s MCMGA member of the year, Jim Liskey, as we collaborate to bring…

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Rose Care Class

February 17 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Terra Gardens Nursery & Bark, 270 Cordon Rd NE
Salem, OR 97317 United States
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Find out all about proper rose care! Ever wonder winy sometimes roses are beautiful and sometimes not? We will be covering all the basics from pruning to spraying, fertilizing to troubleshooting. Get the most out of your rose garden, or just find satisfying success with just one rose. Class is Free!

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Rose Care Class

February 17 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Terra Gardens Nursery & Bark, 270 Cordon Rd NE
Salem, OR 97317 United States
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Find out all about proper rose care! Ever wonder winy sometimes roses are beautiful and sometimes not? We will be covering all the basics from pruning to spraying, fertilizing to troubleshooting. Get the most out of your rose garden, or just find satisfying success with just one rose. Class is Free!

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Friends of Bush Gardens Riverside Plant Sale

February 19 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

An outstanding selection of plants from Mid-Willamette Valley growers, including organic herbs and vegetable starts. Growers on-site with helpful advice!

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