• A community meeting about the 4J School District’s proposed common high school schedule is planned for 7 pm Thursday, April 25, at the Unitarian Church at 13th and Chambers. The meeting is in anticipation of the school board meeting at 7 pm May 1. “4J parents and students have grave concerns about implementation of the 3×5 schedule,” says David Zupan of Parents for Learning Effectiveness and Accountability (PLEA). Comments on the 4J 3X5 schedule can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org and Zupan can be reached at email@example.com.
• A Palestinian Cultural Festival to benefit peace and justice for the Palestinian people will begin this week and run through June 6 in Corvallis. The festival begins with a film showing of 5 Broken Cameras at 7 pm Friday, April 26, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2945 NW Circle Blvd. in Corvallis. See mecaforpeace.org for upcoming dinners, auctions, films and other events throughout May.
• Karen Coulter, director of the Blue Mountain Biodiversity Project (bmbp.org), will speak on the triumphs and tragedies of the last three decades of radical environmental activism at noon Friday, April 26, at Lawrence 166 on the UO campus. Coulter has been involved in Earth First! since 1984 and has been arrested 13 times for civil disobedience.
• Paul Tough, author of How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, will speak at 5 pm Friday, April 26, at the UO Law School. Free. Tough has also been an editor at The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s Magazine and a reporter for NPR’s This American Life. See paultough.com.
• The Oregon League of Conservation Voters 16th annual Celebration for the Environment will begin at 5:30 pm Friday, April 26, at the
Oregon Convention Center
in Portland. Sen. Jeff Merkley will be among the speakers. See olcv.org for tickets.
• The documentary The Healthcare Movie about the health care system in Canada will be shown at 7 pm Monday, April 29, at Temple Beth Israel, 1175 E. 29th Ave., followed by discussion. See hcao.org for more information.