The Board of the Southwest Hills Neighborhood Association is encouraging all Eugene resident to meet your surrounding neighbors and make plans for mutual support in the event of a natural disaster such as the Cascadia Subduction Earthquake or a major forest fire affecting Eugene.
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training program has much useful information, if members of your block or area wish to take that training. Each family needs to make a plan, since normal communications, such as cell phone may not be working, emergency responders may be overwhelmed, and services we depend on like electricity, being able to drive from place to place, grocery stores being open, and so on may not be functioning or accessible.
The Cascadia Earthquake has the potential to be the worst natural disaster in US history. Many things we rely on under “normal” conditions may not be available. It is better to think about taking care of ourselves under emergency conditions, before rather than when normal conditions are overturned.
Workshop Info: June 18th, 2019 at the Salem Convention Center in Salem, OR from 8:30am – 4:30pm. See flier for Registration Info.
On Saturday June 15th from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
SHiNA is sponsoring a work party to build a bike rack in the parking lot at Wayne Morse Family Farm at 595 Crest Drive.
The Work will involve cutting 6 holes through the asphalt, mixing and pouring concrete around the bottom portions of three hoop-type, powder-coated bike racks.
The Party will consist of a social gathering where free ice cream, cookies, and juice will be served. This is an opportunity for you to come by bicycle or by other means, bring children, and dogs on leashes (except in the dog park where they can run free). The Southwest Hills Neighborhood Association has received a City of Eugene Neighborhood Matching Grant to purchase the materials for the project. The neighborhood association is supplying the labor for the work and the social gathering. This is a Saturday outing for individuals, families, and dogs in the beautiful park setting of the former family home of U.S. Senator Wayne Morse. We hope to see you there. Come to work or socialize!
Join us for an afternoon at The Wayne Morse Family Farm, a City of Eugene park. For the 2019 Historic Preservation Open House on Sunday, May 19th from 1:00 – 4:00pm. Located at 595 Crest Drive in Eugene.
There will be historic house tours, exhibits, horse carriage rides by Chafin Farms, Banjo the painting horse with McKenna, a performance by the Spencer Butte Middle School Jazz Band and an ice cream social.
Originally named Edgewood Farm, this site was home to Wayne Morse and his family for over 40 years. Wayne was a UO Law School Dean labor arbitrator and United States Senator advocating for free speech. His property became a City of Eugene Park in 1979. Built in 1936, the family home and farm were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1999.
This event is sponsored by the Wayne Morse Historical Park Corporation. www.waynemorse.org
SHiNA General Meeting on Sunday February 3rd, 1:00 – 3:00pm
at Wayne Morse Family Farm – 595 Crest Drive
Please join us and come to express yourself during public comments. Eugene Civic Alliance & Youth House will also present updates. Emergency Preparedness will be discussed to help ourselves & neighbors. The meeting was moved to an earlier time to accommodate Super Bowl enthusiasts.
Informative & Fun SHiNA Gatherings plus Elections
Upcoming Southwest Hills Neighborhood Association General Membership Meetings:
* Sunday, October 7th, 2:00-4:00pm
at Good Samaritan, 3500 Hilyard Street
– Picnic Feedback
– Election’s Slate
– Frank Lawson, EWEB General Manager will speak about the state of the utility, and discuss topics and projects EWEB is working on: Emergency Water Sites, Smart Meter Deployment, Cyber Security, Affordability & Climate Change.
– Alex Rahmlow, Fire Planning Coordinator, Western Lane District, OR Dept of Forestry will speak: Let’s be Firewise, to increase the chance of surviving a wildfire event for our homes & community.
* The SHiNA Board Seeks New Members:
The Southwest Hills Neighborhood Association (SHiNA) is seeking new members to join our volunteer board this fall to keep our neighborhood well-represented within the City. At-large board positions and SHiNA officers are up for election or re-election. Candidates will be put forward for ratification at the October General Membership Meeting. Elections will take place at the Annual November General Membership Meeting.
The SHiNA board advocates on behalf of 3,689 neighborhood addresses and households. We work on housing, land use, traffic and wildlife issues, sustainability, park improvements, etc. We notify neighbors about proposed neighborhood development, city initiatives, policies and projects. We also convey our neighborhood needs to the City.
Please consider joining the SHiNA Board. We would like your input and assistance in forming the neighborhood area teams for our Emergency Preparedness efforts. A neighborhood association is an excellent way to partner with other neighbors, the City, and other organizations to develop solutions to shared problems. SHiNA is one of 23 neighborhood associations and is formally recognized by the City of Eugene.
The SHiNA Board has up to 10 members and meets every other month. There are also four informative General Meetings and an Annual Picnic with live entertainment, a fundraiser, the potluck picnic, a kid’s art table and community information tables. The term of service is one year with no term limits. Email the SHiNA Board if you would like more information about serving on the board: email@example.com
* Sunday, November 4th, 2:00-4:00pm
at Wayne Morse Family Farm, 595 Crest Drive
– SHiNA Board Elections
– Pacific Northwest Mushroom & Toadstool slideshow presentation
from former LCC mycology instructor Ralph McDonald. Oregon is home to hundreds of species of edible mushrooms, several psychoactive species and to four dangerously poisonous species. Bring your mushroom questions and samples that you’d like identified.
The new Newsletter for August is being mailed out to SHiNA residents. Come to the SHiNA Picnic on Sunday, September 9th from 4:00 – 7:00pm at Wayne Morse Family Farm (595 Crest Drive). Support the Silent Auction for a chance to win! We have 35+ donations with a $1,600 value! See the list of auction items on page 3 of the newsletter.
Lane County will hold its first FREE Plastics Round-up on Sunday, September 30th, 10 am – 2 pm at the Glenwood Transfer Station, 3100 E 17th Ave, Eugene.
We’ll be collecting #2, #4 and #5 tubs, jugs, bottles, lids and beverage handles.
All materials brought to this event must be clearly stamped with a resin code (number inside chasing arrows) of #2, #4 or #5 and must be separated into shape descriptions. No other plastic types will be collected at this event.
All items must be washed clean. Remove all labels that are not printed on container.
Some examples of ACCEPTED items:
- #2 and #5 yogurt tubs and #4 yogurt lids (separated into three categories)
- #5 dairy and cottage cheese tubs (not the lid because it is not marked)
Some examples of EXCLUDED items:
- Arizona tea jugs marked both #5 AND #7
- Coffee Mate bottles #1
Why a Round-Up?
Recent disruptions to international recycling markets has driven changes in the collection of mixed recycling (aka curbside commingled recycling) systems in Lane County. Some communities have had to prohibit plastics in order to ensure that sorting facilities can produce a marketable paper commodity for remanufacturing.
Lane County and its partners are developing strategies to maintain recycling collection for the plastics that can be successfully recycled in the Pacific Northwest. The key to successful recycling is to ensure each commodity type is uncontaminated by other plastics or debris of any kind.
Interested in volunteering for this event?
Contact Kelly Bell at 541-682-2059 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Toomey from the UO Department of Earth Sciences will give a talk about earthquake hazards in Oregon and how the ShakeAlert earthquake early warning system can be used by business, industry, government, and the public to become better prepared to respond to earthquakes.
Please join the Neighborhood Leaders Council (NLC) on Tuesday, April 24th at 7:15 pm. In the Atrium Building located at 99 West 10th Avenue (off Olive Street in Downtown Eugene).
When we host
For a presentation and conversation around housing, zoning, neighborhoods and potential big changes to all three looming on the horizon.
While the goal of providing a growing population with more housing choices and more affordable options is widely accepted, there is concern that the idea of increasing density in the areas of single family lots throughout the city might fail to provide increased affordability and at the same time negatively impact the character of low density neighborhoods.
Eben Fodor is a local community planning consultant.
He has been a leading researcher on the impacts of urban growth and land development. He writes on growth and sustainability issues and speaks on these topics across the US.
Second on the agenda will be a presentation and discussion with
Eric Brown, City of Eugene Planner and
Rene Kane, Human Rights & Neighborhood Involvement (HRNI) Neighborhood Planner
who will talk about the draft Neighborhood Planning Guidelines developed by the Planning Dept. & HRNI. The Neighborhood Planning Guidelines are intended to serve as a resource to residents interested in addressing local concerns and aspirations through a planning process or neighborhood project.