On the behalf of the Santa Clara Community Organization, I would like to welcome you to our community, situated on the banks of the beautiful Willamette River.  Here you will find the charm of meandering creeks, heritage trees, small organic farms, a wide variety of bird life, Continue reading

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FREE Composting Workshop

2019 Free Compost Workshop on Saturday, June 1, 10 AM

The Santa Clara Community Garden (SCCG) will host the following soil building workshops. SCCG is located behind St. Matthews Church at 4110 River Road, about 1-1/2 mile north of Beltline. These composting workshops are free and do not require preregistration. All sessions run for an hour or two.
2019 Compost Workshop Schedule

June 1 – Present information on hot compost and build a lasagna bed

October 19 – OSU Compost Specialist demo and cover crops

November 16 – SCCG Compost Demo

Workshops will include discussion of various composting methods, including: hot compost, cold compost, lasagna, cover crops, and soil building with worms.

Garden plots (12’x20’) are available to rent immediately in the Santa Clara Community Garden (SCCG) for $60 per year. This includes water, leaves for mulching, access to compost, and garden tools. People who want to build up and improve the soil in a garden plot using composting techniques may attend compost workshop(s) and may rent a plot right away. Contact Peter at 541-321-0798 for more information.

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Help us turn the Neighborhood Plan into Actions

Please come to the working group meeting this Tuesday the 21st from 4-7 pm at North Eugene High School.  Bring others you know who want to join a working group.  You will be able to work on actions for topic areas and goals.  There are many goals to work on including: bicycle and pedestrian safety, infill and housing types, transportation, parks,  neighborhood economic development, community building, farmland preservation and more. There are 18 goal areas to review, so pick the one that interests you the most.

At this meeting, help decide:

  • Which actions make a real difference?  
  • Which actions can we get started on right away? 
  • Which actions might be difficult, but are imperative?
  • Which actions will need to wait for implementation

Thanks for all of your ideas so far.  Now we are turning those ideas into actions that will affect our future and we need your help to get it right.  We look forward to seeing you there.

North Eugene High School
Tuesday, May 21st
4-7 pm

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New board member to be elected June 6 – Nominees being accepted.

You can nominate yourself or someone else to become a board member. See the graphic below for more information and eligibility requirements.

Thursday, June 6th 7 PM
3280 River Road (Messiah Lutheran Church)

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Luper Pioneer Cemetery Open Memorial Day Weekend – May 25-26-27

Luper Pioneer Cemetery will be open 9 am to 4 pm May 25, 26, 27, including: self-guided tours of the cemetery with interpretive signs, Mountain man presentations (see schedule, below), kids pioneer crafts, sales of books about pioneer times, and old-time acoustical music by The Poodle Creek Pickers (noon on Memorial Day). The full schedule for the weekend is:

Saturday, May 25 — 1 PM – Mountain man Presentation and Kid’s crafts, 3 PM – Mountain man Presentation and Kid’s crafts. Mountain Man Ken Beagle and his wife Marmie Beagle (Great-great granddaughter of wagon train leader James McClure) will give short talks each day. Ken will show and explain the clothing and gear, and also talk about the history of the Mountain Men and how they were utilized by the wagon trains during their immigration west. Marmie will model a typical prairie dress of that era.

Sunday, May 26 — 2 PM – Mountain man Presentation and Kid’s crafts

Monday, May 27 — 10 AM – Mountain man Presentation and Kid’s crafts,
NOON – Music by the Poodle Creek Pickers.

Luper Cemetery (also known as Irving or Baker Cemetery) was founded in the mid-1800s. Eighteen of those interred at Luper Cemetery arrived in 1853, by way of the Oregon Trail and the Free Emigrant Road across central Oregon. Over 160 people are buried at Luper Cemetery. Self-guided tours may be taken anytime and books and authors will be available at various times throughout the weekend.

Please check www.lupercemetery.com for more historical information about the cemetery, and other resources.

DIRECTIONS to Luper Cemetery: From Eugene, take River Rd. north to Beacon Drive, on the north boundary of Santa Clara, and follow signs west. From Junction City, take River Rd. south, turn west onto Beacon Drive and travel about a ½ mile to a white metal gate, on the north side of Beacon Drive. Proceed through the gate approximately 1/2 mile to the parking lot and cemetery entrance. The cemetery may be accessed every day from dawn to dusk by walking the half-mile gravel road from West Beacon Drive to the cemetery.

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Awbrey Park Wildflower Celebration a big success

You’ve probably already heard that over 300 people attended the Celebration and that the attendees ate almost 300 hot dogs. The Friends of Awbrey Park and the SCCO would like to thank all of those who staffed tables at the event. Below is a video clip that exemplifies the spirit of Santa Clara.

This is Tim Foelker and his band entertaining the crowd. Encore performance included ‘Take Me Home, Country Road’ for outgoing Park Adopter Brandi Ferguson. Brandi was the first person to adopt a park in the city of Eugene. Thank you, Brandi, for 11 years of service.


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