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Columbia Group Calendar February 10, 2013

From: David B.
Sent on: Monday, February 11, 2013 9:30 PM

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 http://www.oregon.sierraclub.org/groups/columbia and the Loo Wit group website at http://washington.sierraclub.org/loowit/main

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)

February

Mon 11 Bull Run Water Committee Meeting 6:30 pm
Location: Office

See below under 5.) for descripttion
Contact: : Jeff Fryer,
jeff.fryer @oregon.sierraclub.org

Thu 14 Executive Committee 6:30 pm
Location: Office
Contact: : Jeff Fryer,
jeff.fryer @oregon.sierraclub.org

Thu 21Third Thursday, Potluck at 6:30 PM, Program at 7 pm
Location: Office
Contact: Jeff Fryer,
jeff.fryer @oregon.sierraclub.org

Wildfire Restoration in the Oregon High Desert

Enjoy food and drinks, make new friends and reconnect with old ones. Pizza and beverages will be provided. Please bring a dish to share if you are able.

The 2012 wildfire season was severe in Oregon's high desert, with vast tracts of land burned in the Owyhee Canyonlands and the Steens area. Both areas are prime habitat for sage grouse.

Rolando Mendez, Branch Chief of Rangeland Resources Recreation and Wilderness will talk to us about the impact of the fires on sage grouse populations, vegetation and recovery efforts.

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:

Feb 16 (Sat), 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Nordic (cross-country) skiing, Mt. Hood area. Oriented to advanced beginners and up, no instruction offered. Signup deadline noon, Feb. 7, limit 10. To sign up and get details, contact the outing leader, Lehman Holder, [address removed] .

Feb 24 (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, Feb. 22, limit 10. To sign up and get details, contact the outing leader, Lehman Holder, [address removed] .

Mar 9 (Sat), 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Nordic skiing, Mt. Hood area or Oldman Pass, WA (north of Carson). Oriented to advanced beginners and up (must have basic skills, no instruction offered). Signup deadline noon, Mar 7, limit 10. To sign up and get details, contact the outing leader, Lehman Holder, [address removed] .

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] .

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 www.trimet.org 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

February 2013 Sierra Singles Pub Night!

When: Friday, February 22, 2013, 5 to 7 p.m.

Where: Buffalo Gap Saloon and Eatery, 6835 SW Macadam Ave, Portland, Oregon.

Bundle up and escape the winter blues by attending a Sierra Singles pub night at the Buffalo Gap Saloon and Eatery on Friday, February 22, beginning at 5 pm.

The Buffalo Gap offers a full bar and a very reasonably priced happy hour menu, with tasty eats starting at $2.95. Their happy hour lasts from 4 to 6 pm, so it's best to arrive early for the el cheapo prices.

For more information, you can peruse the Buffalo Gap's website (www.thebuffalogap.com), or reach them by telephone, (503) 244-7111. Should you have additional questions, please contact Pub Night organizer Clay Spencer through his email, [address removed], or call (503) 246-0379. Hope to see you there!

Contact Dave Bybee at [address removed] if interested in hosting singles events.  The Singles Web page is http://www.oregon.sierraclub.org/groups/columbia/singles

 

5.) Other events/notices

Bull Run Water Committee meeting February 11 at 6:30 PM, pizza at 6 PM

Join us February 11 at 6:30 PM at the club office to help shape a new exploratory task force to pursue Bull Run and regional water issues. Portland ’s water system is at a crossroads facing numerous important issues:

1.) Covering reservoirs

2.) Issues with national regulations on water treatment for cryptosporidium

3.) Fluoridation of Bull Run water

5.) Protection (of headwater sources and watershed areas where water is either diverted or receives discharges and run-off)

6.) The soaring cost of Bull Run Water

7.)  Conservation

Your participation on February 11 is very important to the Columbia Group of the Sierra Club. We want the Club to be a voice of water security and watershed protection as decisions are made affecting these issues, as well as the rates and true costs that you will pay for water and the true costs of water infrastructure including impacts on humans, salmon, and wildlife.  We envision a committee tracking these issues and working to persuade public officials and agencies to support policies to be spearheaded by this committee.

We’ll start with the club supplying pizza at 6 PM, with the meeting beginning at 6:30 PM.

 

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