Oh la la. The beautiful new Bijou Metro sign, inspired by the Paris Metro's Art Nouveau design, is up on Broadway. We hear the new theater will be open before June...
In addition, the Bijou has almost reached its Kickstarter goal of $38,713 for a new digital projection system with seven days left to go. One lucky spender pledged $6,000 — we'll get to see who it is soon enough since a pledge of 6,000 bucks gets your name on one of the auditoriums in the new theater.
Efforts to save Waldo Lake may be paying off for clean water enthusiasts and lovers of Oregon's lakes and forests. A bill has passed in both the Senate and House in the Oregon Leglislature that would ban float planes from landing on the lake. Removing polluting motors from the pristine lake has been a conentious issue with efforts by the Forest Service, conservationists and others fought at every step. The bill now gets sent to Gov. John Kitzhaber to sign into law.
Here is the info from the Sierra Club:
Oregon Legislature Protects Waldo Lake
Passes Law Banning Motorboats and Sea Planes on one of the purest lakes in the World
(SALEM, OR) —Voting 37 to 20 during a late morning session on Monday, the Oregon House of Representatives passed SB 602-A, banning the use of motorboats and seaplanes on Waldo Lake in central Oregon. This action follows last month's 18-11 passage of the bill by the Oregon Senate. The legislation was introduced by Senator Floyd Prozanski and Representative Paul Holvey, and will now be sent to Governor Kitzhaber, who is expected to sign the bill into law.
Located near Oakridge, Waldo Lake is Oregon's second deepest lake and rivals Crater Lake and Russia's Lake Baikal as one of the three purest lakes in the world. The lake is so clear that boaters on its surface can look down nearly 150 feet and discern the lake's bottom (giving one the impression of floating in outer space).
"Waldo Lake is a unique Oregon treasure," said Brian Pasko, Director of the Sierra Club's Oregon Chapter. "Today's action by the Oregon legislature will protect Waldo Lake's unique ecology and ensure that it is a place for quiet recreation and solitude to be enjoyed by Oregonians for generations to come."
Passage of SB 602-A reaffirms a 2012 decision of the Oregon Marine Board prohibiting the use of motorized watercraft on Waldo Lake except for boats using electric motors and traveling under 10mph. The decision was made following a lengthy public comment period that engaged over 4000 Oregon citizens in the decision making process, the vast majority of which supported the motorized ban.
Following the Marine Board's decision, the Oregon Aviation Board issued a temporary rule last year allowing sea plane landings on Waldo Lake. The Aviation Board's decision was made contrary to the Marine Board's determination, even though there are many large lakes near Waldo Lake that allow for safe sea plane landings and sea plane recreational opportunities. Passage of SB 602-A resolves the conflicting decisions of these two state agencies.
"Sea planes and motorized boats present a number of environmental risks to Waldo Lake, including an increased potential for the spread of invasive species and pollution of the lake through potential fuel spills, " said Pasko. "However, Waldo Lake is also highly valued by the public as a place for quiet recreation. SB 602-A will protect the public's expectations and support for the current management approach at Waldo Lake."
According to Forest Service surveys, over 75% of visitors agreed that motorized boating negatively impacts their recreational experience at Waldo Lake. Almost 70% of respondents favored only allowing non-motorized boats or electric motors on Waldo Lake, and 86% favored controlling the level of noise from motorized recreation.
The full text of SB 602-A can be found at: http://www.leg.state.or.us/13reg/measpdf/sb0600.dir/sb0602.a.pdf
For those who do not already have the song stuck in their heads.
The best way to say goodbye to the International Space Station?
Sing "Space Oddity."
Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield rocks out in outer space and is possibly the most tech savy space walker ever. You can see his educational videos via the Canadian Space Agency or his own YouTube channel where he talks about how to poop in space. He has a Twitter feed where he famously tweeted with William Shatner.
He also recorded Is Somebody Singing (ISS) from space with Barenaked Ladies.
Now that the Dalai Lama has come and gone, it's time to change the world. You can start doing it one book at a time, so says Gertie the Bookbus.
On Saturday, May 11th from 1-6 pm, Books To The People will hold a Pie and Ice Cream Social and Mother's Day Cookbook Sale at the Westside Christian Church, 1866 Chambers Street (opposite the Bi-Mart parking lot).
Incorporated in 2009, Books To The People is an Oregon nonprofit which sponsors GERTIE THE BOOKBUS, our blue and white repurposed bookmobile which drives around and gives away great books for absolutel free. In addition to the pie and ice cream, our fundraiser will feature music, poetry, tables piled high with cookbooks and wonderful doorprizes. Suggested donation is $10 for individuals and $20 max for families. All proceeds go towards operating expenses (like books and fuel!)
See pics of Gertie at bookstothepeople.org or else look up Books To The People on Facebook. For more information, or to donate books, time, money or pies, call 541-520-9821.
Today is a big fundraising day for Basic Rights Oregon because it's the first-ever National Give OUT Day (see what they did there?), in which people give to causes that support gay rights. The video after the link describes several aspects of gay rights that BRO is working on, which is important because sometimes they get forgotten in the midst of the big conversations on marriage equality.
The School Garden Project helps Lane County schools with gardens, and we all know that this nation needs to work on its messed-up relationship with food. What better way than to help kids understand food by growing and eating some of the good stuff? Now the organization is in the running for a Seeds of Change grant, and they need help with online voting (through May 17). Go vote for them!
Coming to a house party near you!
There's a rally to support union negotiators at UO today:
WHAT: RALLY - Faculty at University of Oregon support their Bargaining Team
WHERE: Knight Library (Northwest Entrance)
WHEN: Noon, Tuesday, May 7
WHY: Faculty are rallying in support of their negotiating team to send an unambiguous message to the Administration: prioritizing high quality research and education means reaching a fair agreement with the faculty union now.
Now that warm weather is upon us, all the fun bike events are coming out to play. Here are a few of Eugene's events this week (May 7-12):
Tuesday: Bike Commute Fashion Show. From 7 am to 9:30 am, roll the red carpet and have your picture taken in your best bike commuting gear. The event even includes free minor bike repairs, so meet up on the South Riverbank Path behind the Campbell Center.
Wednesday: National Bike to School Day. Go to school by bike. Heck, bike by a school even if you're no longer a student. Solidarity!
Thursday: Bike in Shapes. While the details for this month's ride aren't set yet, previous maps are pretty awesome, and you can plan on meeting at a local bar and then heading off for a super fun ride. Check the Wordpress site Wednesday night for details.
Saturday: WREN's Walkin' and Rollin' Event: Local organizations display educational information to help you get to know your local wetlands while you walk or ride.
Sunday: CycloFemme. The annual Mother's Day event celebrates women on bikes. Dudes and those who don't want to check a gender box are also welcome.
We hear the Old McKenzie Highway has been plowed all the way, one lane, to allow bikes and pedestrians. Check http://wkly.ws/1gj for updates and news on when the road will be open for motor vehicles.