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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Compost/Pruning Workshop

December 9, 2019
Contact: Peter Thurston, 541-321-0798

SUBJECT: Santa Clara Community Garden (SCCG) Compost and Pruning Workshop

On Saturday, December 14 at 10 AM community garden participants and others will move leaves from a near-by pile to the adjacent composting area and garden plots. All hands are welcome. There will be discussion of composting methods, including: cover crops, mulching, cold compost, hot compost, worm composting and other soil improvement techniques. Moving leaves and compost discussion will continue into the afternoon.

At 11 AM on Saturday there will be a pruning workshop at SCCG demonstrating pruning methods, and providing the opportunity to try your hand at pruning an apple tree. Equipment is not necessary, however if you have pruners please feel free to bring them.

SCCG is located at 4110 River Road in the Santa Clara neighborhood of Eugene.


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2 Weeks Ready!

You’re more prepared than you think.

Being prepared to be self-sufficient for two weeks is an achievable goal. Many of the standard preparedness kit items such as flashlights, gloves, hand-crank radios, trash bags and a first-aid kit are already in your 72-hour kit. These handy, colorful and easy-to-read brochures from the State of Oregon Hazards and Preparedness web site will help you to think about how to be 2 Weeks Ready in a variety of ways.

2 Weeks Ready VideosThese fun and lively videos, each around 1 minute long, are a great way to share 2 Weeks Ready information. Click the links below to view on YouTube.

Think about it. Talk about it.Have a meaningful conversation with the members of your household to discuss the following: 

  • Do you have backup transportation methods and routes?
  • Who will care for the kids, grandparents and pets if you are unable to get to them for several hours?
  • Who in your neighborhood has medical skills, a generator, a chainsaw, or other important tools or resources?
  • Do you have an out of state contact? Designate one person to be the main contact for your group of friends or family. 

Disasters – large and small – can strike any time. Begin your 2 Weeks Ready planning today! 

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Eugene-Springfield CERT


History of CERT

The City of Eugene and City of Springfield are working together to build a culture of preparedness in our communities. Increasing our overall disaster resilience is the responsibility of every community member. By providing training and resources to our community members, we are working toward one goal—overall disaster preparedness.  The Eugene-Springfield CERT Program is just one fine example of our combined efforts.

About the CERT Program

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, 

CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community. 

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Monthly SCCO Meeting this Thursday, Dec 5 – 7PM

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

More upcoming Santa Clara Activities:

Saturday, December 7
Awbrey Park Work Party (Facebook page)

Saturday, December 7
Bloodmobile in Santa Clara
295 Azalea Dr, Eugene (map)

Saturday, December 14
10 – nooon
Santa Clara Community Garden
Behind St. Matthews Church at 4110 River Road  (map)
Pruning demonstration and discussion of composting

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Pushing Back on Cars

Pushing Back on Cars
Presentation by Jan Spencer
Tuesday, Dec 3, 6:30
River Road Recreation Center, 1400 Lake Drive

A growing number of cities and towns all over the world are pushing back on cars. Parklets, Intersection Repair, community plazas, congestion pricing, redesign of streets and limiting cars and trucks from city centers are only a few push back approaches. Nijmegen and Groningen, Holland; Copenhagen, Oslo and Madrid can boast of impressive strategies – and results – for encouraging bike, walking or transit trips rather than cars.  Barcelona, Spain’s Super Blocks is perhaps the world’s most ambitious effort at car push back to reclaim streets for people, public health and livability.  Even New York City is active in pushing back on cars.

The slide show/presentation will touch on the history of pushing back on cars in the US, describing highways in the US that have been removed such as the Embarcadero Freeway in San Francisco and highways prevented such as the Southwest Corridor in Boston.  Critical Mass bike rides and Parking Day are grass roots examples of pushing back on cars.  Eugene’s Sunday Streets is a mild push back on cars.

Times Square in NYC is only the most well know example of dozens of Community Plazas in New York City.  The Vauban Neighborhood in Freiberg, Germany is a vacated, repurposed, redeveloped French military base that was purposefully designed to dramatically reduce the presence and use of cars.  In Eugene, turning River Road into an EmX corridor would also include new bike lane design that would give bike riders much greater protection from car traffic.

Jan will also show a new proposed bike map of Eugene that would take lanes of traffic from various streets and turn them into a city wide network of protected bike ways.

Please join us for a fascinating presentation and please forward this message.

More info at suburbanpermaculture.org  and podcasts with related content  https://player.whooshkaa.com/shows/creating-a-resilient-future

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