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Columbia Group Calendar March 13, 2013

From: David B.
Sent on: Thursday, March 14, 2013 8:29 AM

Welcome to the OREGON-COLUMBIA-NEWS; the list of the Sierra Club's Columbia Group. The purpose of this list is to provide club members with regular updates of club outings and events.

Check out our website at and the Loo Wit group website at

Items in this edition:

  1. Committee and Group Meetings
  2. Outings
  3. Volunteer Needs
  4. Singles
  5. Other events/notices

1. Meetings (at our office at 1821 SE Ankeny Street)


Mar 14 Thu, Executive Committee meeting

Location:  Old Wives Tale restaurant on the corner of Sandy and Burnside.

Contact: Jeff Fryer, jeff.fryer

Mar 21Third Thursday, Potluck at 6:30 PM, Program at 7 pm

George Wuerthner will  look at the social ecology and potential ecosystem benefits of predators, in particular, wolves. Typically wolves are only viewed as a negative, but there are many ecological reasons to restore wolves to our landscape. Beyond that fact, indiscriminate killing of predators, including wolves, is often counter productive in terms of reducing human conflicts. Pizza will be provided for the potluck.
Contact: Jeff Fryer,

Mon 25 Liquefied Natural Gas Committee 6 pm potluck, meeting starts at 7

Location: Office

Contact: Ted Gleichmanmailto:[address removed]

Tue  26  Beyond Coal Taskforce 7:00 pm

Location: Office

Contact:  Laura Stevens [address removed]


2.)  Outings:

Mar 17(Sun), 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Nordic skiing, Mt. Hood area. Oriented to advanced beginners and up (must have basic skills, no instruction offered). Signup deadline noon Mar 15. To sign up and get details, contact the outing leader, Lehman Holder, [address removed] .

Yellow Jacket cross country, back country ski, snowshoe extravaganza

When:Sunday, March 17, 2013 - 7:30 am

Where:Gateway/NE 99th Ave Transit Center

9900 NE Multnomah, Portland, Portland, OR

Leader:David Burdick

RSVPs:2 / 16 (14 spots available)

View the Outing Description - RSVP

Tom McCall Preserve plus Wahclella Falls option

When:Sunday, March 17, 2013 - 8:00 am

Where:Gateway Transit Center Garage

NE 99th Ave, just off I-84, Portland, OR


RSVPs:6 / 12 (6 spots available)

View the Outing Description - RSVP

General Outings Information: All participants on Sierra Club outings are required to sign a standard liability waiver.

If you would like to read the liability waiver before you choose to participate on an outing, contact the Outings department at (415)[masked] for a printed version.

You don’t have to be a member to participate!

Arrive with adequate food, water and clothing. If in doubt about your ability to complete a hike, please consult with the leader before the trip.

Field guides, snacks to share and humor are welcome.

Please leave your pet at home unless otherwise specified or with prior approval from the leader. Entertainment devices are discouraged. Firearms are prohibited.

Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Most day trips require no advance reservations unless “reservations required” or “group size limited” is indicated.

Participants are encouraged to contribute a small donation for the outing. These optional donations help the Group Outings Program to offer professional leaders’ training courses, carbon offset contributions, and other outings activities to strengthen and diversify Columbia Group outings.

Carpooling is encouraged. Riders traditionally share expenses with drivers depending on vehicle and number of riders.

See to find out how to get to the carpool location via mass transit.


3.) Volunteer Needs:

Contact Jeff Fryer at [address removed] if interested in volunteering.


4.) Singles

March Sierra Singles Pub Night!

When: Friday, March 29, 2013, 5 p.m.

Where: Raccoon Lodge & Brew Pub, 7424 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy, Portland, Oregon 97225

Though it may be cold and rainy, intrepid Sierra Singles are encouraged brave the weather to chow down and hoist some brews this month at the venerable Raccoon Lodge & Brew Pub. The Lodge offers succulent happy hour dishes like calamari, fish tacos, and German sausage fondue, plus their own handcrafted beers. Since the pub’s happy hours are 4 to 6 p.m., it would be wise to arrive early for the best prices.

To learn more about Raccoon Lodge, please check out their website,, or give them a ring,[masked]-0110. For more information about this event, Sierra Singles are welcome to contact pub night organizer Clay Spencer, [address removed], or[masked]-0379.  Hope to see you there!

Contact Dave Bybee at [address removed] if interested in hosting singles events.  The Singles Web page is


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