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Activist Alert 4-17-2014

• Florence police chief candidates will be available for an informal public “meet and greet” from 5:30 to 7:30 pm Thursday, April 17, at the Florence Events Center on Quince Street.

City Club of Eugene will be talking about “Growing Forward: Maintaining Livability Through Better Town-Gown Relations” at noon Friday, April 18, at Downtown Athletic Club, 999 Willamette. Speakers will include Camilla Bayliss, Karen Hyatt, Kelly Putnam and Paul Shang. See cityclubofeugene.org. $5 non-members. Next week, April 25, will be County Commission candidates Jay Bozievich and Dawn Lesley.

David Wagner, a local expert on spore-bearing plants and author of EW’s “It’s About Time,” will be leading a free plant walk at 1 pm Easter Sunday, April 20, in Hendricks Park, beginning at the Wilkins Picnic Shelter. Wagner will identify and describe the importance of mosses, ferns and lichens in our ecosystem. 

• Fish biologist Jim Lichatowich, author of Salmon Without Rivers, will be the guest speaker at the monthly meeting of McKenzie Flyfishers at 8 pm Monday, April 21, at Lewis & Clark Catering, 2210 MLK Blvd., next to the Mercedes dealership. Lichatowich will talking about challenges fish biologists face as they try to rebuild salmon and steelhead runs. Non-members are welcome. Social hour begins at 6 pm with dinner at 6:45 pm. Free, but optional dinner is $17. See mckenzieflyfishers.org. 

• Philosopher and noted author Kathleen Dean Moore will visit Eugene for Earth Day. Her talk “When Your House is on Fire: Finding the Moral Courage to Fight for Freedom from Fossil Fuels” will be followed by music and interactive art. The event begins at 7 pm Tuesday, April 22, at Willamette 100 on the UO campus. Email marydemocker@gmail.com for more information.

Health Care for All Oregon is organizing several local events this spring in support of single-payer health insurance. Singer/songwriter George Mann will perform at 6 pm Wednesday, April 23, at Reality Kitchen, 645 River Road, a DUH event (Drive for Universal Healthcare) and a showing of The Healthcare Movie will be at 6:30 pm April 28 at the Bijou on 13th Avenue, and noted economist Gerald Friedman of the University of Massachusetts will speak May 14 at VLT. For event details or to get on the mailing list for HCAO events, visit hcao.org or email sinninger@efn.org or call 484-6145.

• A Lane County Commission candidates forum will be from 7 to 9 pm Wednesday, April 23, at Prince Lucien Campbell Hall, Room 180 on the UO campus. The following candidates have confirmed attendance so far: East Lane’s Faye Stewart, Kevin Matthews and Jack Schoolcraft; West Lane’s Jay Bozievich and Dawn Lesley; and Springfield District’s Sid Leiken and Sheri Moore. All candidates, including Joann Ernst, Charmaine Rehg and Jose Ortal, were invited. Emerald Media Group will moderate.

• A free program on “Visual Justice: Democratized Video as Evidence” will be at 5 pm Thursday, April 24, in 110 Knight Law Center on the UO campus. The event features UO Law School alumna Kelly Matheson, who is serving as a distinguished speaker in the UO Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics’ 2013-15 Theme of Inquiry: “Media and Democracy.”