SHiNA General Meeting in October

The next SHiNA General Meeting will be held on:

Sunday, October 6th from 4:00 – 6:00pm at the Hilyard Community Center located at 2580 Hilyard St.

Topics will include Picnic Feedback, SHiNA Board Election’s and 350 Eugene & the Carbon Free Challenge presentation.

350 Eugene is dedicated to helping raise public awareness of climate change. It is organizing direct action around institutions and policies driving climate change issues. Linda Perrine will present the Eugene Carbon Free Challenge which enables Eugene residents to learn about their personal carbon footprint and ways to reduce it. This is a joint project with the City of Eugene, EWEB and 350 Eugene to help neighbors begin to reduce our collective carbon emissions now as part of the Eugene Climate Action Plan. We are working to reach as many residents, businesses, nonprofit organizations and faith groups as we can this year. We need your help! You can host a House Party for the Eugene Carbon Free Challenge outreach and our ECFC team will be glad to help you teach others about this project and the above website. Join us in the work to reduce personal carbon emissions in Eugene!

Please contact:

Linda Perrine:  laperrine@gmail.com or Fred Mallery:  flmalery@efn.org 

Welcoming Week in Eugene

Join us at a free event to celebrate Welcoming Week, a worldwide celebration to bring together immigrants and those born within their countries in a spirit of unity. Enjoy food, art, and learn how you can get involved with welcoming organizations to make our community stronger. 

When: Monday, September 16th, 5:30 – 7:30pm

Where: Atrium Building, 99 W 10th Ave. Eugene, Oregon

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Southwest Hills Neighborhood Association 22nd Annual Picnic

SHiNA 22nd Annual Picnic On Sunday, September 8th from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m 

At Wayne Morse Family Farm – 595 Crest Drive

Join your neighbors and friends for our special SHiNA event. The Wayne Morse Family Farm shelter is repaired, ready and waiting for the potluck, so please bring food to share! We’re featuring Espacio Flamenco which creates a space in Portland for flamenco arts & culture to be experienced and enjoyed through music and dance performance. Also kids (of all ages) look forward to participating in bubble and butterfly making activities.

This year we’re holding a silent auction fundraiser with 45 plus goods and services donations to bid on that have a total value worth more than $1700. Come to meet and connect with your neighbors! Learn about what Southwest Hills Neighborhood Association is doing for disaster preparedness and what you can do to help. Check out our community partners and local non-profits at their tables.We hope to see you all there, bring your neighbor, meet new people and have fun!

EWEB Pledge to Prepare – September

Increasing our overall disaster resilience is the responsibility of every community member. The Oregon Office of Emergency Management encourages residents to be prepared to be on their own for a minimum of two weeks.
By providing tools and resources to our EWEB customers, we are working toward one goal – a more resilient community.
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Ways to Conserve Water in the Garden

The Oregon State University Extension Service offers the following tips to conserve water in gardens and yards during dry summer months:

    • Water your lawn more deeply and less frequently. If you typically water three to four times per week, it’s okay to cut that to one to two times per week.
    • Plant drought-tolerant turf grass. Tall fescue is hardy, wide-bladed and deep-rooted. Perennial ryegrass and creeping fescue can also tolerate some dryness.
    • Choose drought-tolerant plants such as creeping zinnia and sea poppy for your landscape. Native plants such as the Oregon iris and Pacific wax myrtle tolerate dry summers well.
    • For most plants, watering deeply and close to the roots is more important than frequency. Study each plant’s watering requirements. For vegetables, soak soil about six inches deep. Water to a depth of about a foot and a half for shrubs. Trees need water about two feet deep.
    • Mulching is critical because it improves soil structure, helps retain water in the ground and reduces weeds. Use compost-based mulches for vegetables and woody mulches for ornamental plants. Spread the mulch about two to three inches thick on the soil around your garden.
    • Water early in the morning before the day heats up.
    • Use an efficient irrigation system, such as soaker hoses or drip irrigation. If you choose a sprinkler system, select a low-pressure, in-ground system that does not shoot up in the air.