Weekly newsletter for April 12

From the editor

More rain, more flowers, and more news.

First, though, a big reminder: our Garden Party, coming on the 19th.

Will be available for gardening advice and to answer your questions at the

SUNDAY, APRIL 19, 2:00-4:00pm
at the

The event is FREE and open to everyone.
There will be cookies and juice and crafting projects for children.

For more information about the event, please see http://www.crestdriveca.com
or contact Rachael Young at rachael.anne.young@gmail.com or 541-221-2233

Park news

There is another project in our neighborhood that I want to recommend, at Lafferty Park.

Lafferty Park is 2.1 acres, just a block south of Morse Family Farm, but not obvious from Crest Drive. It has a pleasant 2 acre sloping lawn, a stream, play area, walkway and picnic tables. A neighborhood group helps keep it up and watches over its plants and trees. Several years ago they were awarded a grant from the city that helped build the play area and attractive retaining walls.

Now the group wants to build a concrete pad under the picnic tables, so that the walkway will be clearer for bikes and walkers, and there will be no need to move the tables for lawn maintenance.

The park department will do some hauling and finishing, but the group is looking for help digging a 7 1/2 inch deep base for the pad, filling it with 2 inches of gravel, then pouring 5 1/2 inches of concrete. Total length, 25 feet, total width, 4 feet, tie in with rebar to existing sidewalk. They are also asking for funds to help defray the costs of the rock, concrete and rebar, estimated at $600.

Are you or someone you know willing to help with a strong back in the excavation of the dirt? Would you help with the projected costs? They need to know before the end of April. You can volunteer to help by emailing brigham-glen@comcast.net.

Traffic news

In response to citizen complaints, the traffic department is going to make another attempt to measure speeding on Brae Burn.

City News

Friends of the Eugene Public Library Sale continues today, Apr. 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Lane Events Center (Lane County Fairgrounds) Performance Hall.

A Cross Cultural Approach to Sustainable Transportation
LiveMove proudly announces Dr. Adonia E. Lugo as part of the LiveMove Speaker Series in partnership with the Center for Latino and Latin American Studies.

Thursday, April 16
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Downtown Lane Community College Room 112
(101 W 10th Ave)

Dr. Lugo is an urban anthropologist and leading voice for a diverse bike movement. She studies the conflicting, complex ways that people inhabit cities and streets as human infrastructure. Using bicycling, walking and riding transit as embodied methods for observing the power dynamics of urban space, she draws on the tradition of flânerie and feminist critical theory’s situated knowledge to argue that our social positions influence what we consider normal in street life.

Wastewater Treatment Protecting Waterways
Take a Tour and See Local Protection Effort
In-depth tours of the Regional Water Pollution Control Facility (aka wastewater treatment plant on River Avenue) are a great way to learn more about how wastewater is managed regionally. Each year, more than 700 people – the majority of them students from area schools – tour the plant. Free tours are available to interested groups year-round, Monday through Friday. To book a tour, email regional staff at mwmcpartners@springfield-or.gov or call Michelle Cahill, director of the Public Works Wastewater Division, at 541-682-8606.

Children’s Day/Book Day
Día de los Niños / Día de los Libros (Children’s Day / Book Day) is an international holiday honoring children, culture, and books. Local families are invited to celebrate at a bilingual festival including storytelling, live music and dance, creative activities, games, library card sign-ups, refreshments, and free books for kids to take home. This year’s featured performer is audience-favorite Carmen “T” Bernier-Grand, an award-winning children’s book author, storyteller, and educator.

Springfield Public Library: Saturday April 25:
On Saturday, April 25, between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m., join in free events starting with a performance by Carmen “T” Bernier-Grand, followed by music and dance with Mariachi del Sol, Alma de México Ballet Folklórico, and El Taller de Son Jarocho, plus hands-on activities for children. Springfield Public Library is located at 225 5th Street, inside City Hall; for more information, call 541-726-3766.

Downtown Eugene Public Library, Sunday April 26:
On Sunday, April 26, between 2:30 and 5:00 p.m., join in free events starting with a performance by Carmen “T” Bernier-Grand, followed by music and dance by Mariachi los Patos, and hands-on activities led by groups including Eugene Arte Latino with Jessica Zapata. The Downtown Eugene Public Library is located on the corner of 10th Avenue and Olive Street; for more information, call 541-682-5450 (press 5 for Spanish).

Who we are:
Our new name: Southwest Hills neighborhood Association
Our old name: Crest Drive Citizens Association
Our area of the City: west of Willamette, extending south to the city borders, with our north boundary along 28th to Chambers then along 24th to City View.
Our contact information
For the newsletter: dkolb@bates.edu
For all other matters: vallecomm@gmail.com
The officers of our Association
Chair: Juan Carlos Valle
Vice Chair: Rachael Young
Reporting Sec.: Francina Verrijt
Corresponding Sec./Treas.: David Kolb
Purpose: Our purpose is to promote community at the neighborhood level and improve the livability of the neighborhood, and to educate neighbors and provide a forum for members to identify, discuss, and resolve neighborhood issues by encouraging and facilitating communications and participation among the members on matters of common concern.
How to keep up with news about our area and our activities:
You can check our Web site: crestdriveca.com
You can join the hundreds who receive our weekly email newsletter. Sign up using the form on the web site.
You can join ongoing discussions at our nextdoor.com web page. Sign up at that site..