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Santa Clara Community Garden

Posted on 09 October 2012 by admin

SANTA CLARA – As the growing season comes to an end, the Santa Clara Community Garden is already a success. As crops are being harvested, preparation is already underway for winter gardening, and an expanded garden is being planned for next year.
This is a triumph of teamwork as the Santa Clara Community Organization, Huerto de la Familia and St. Matthew‘s Episcopal Church have worked together to realize this longed-for project. The  garden  shed was completed last week, and the blessing of the garden was Oct. 6.
If you haven‘t visited the garden, check it out. It is located behind St. Matthews on the west side of River Road just south of Awbrey Park.
For more information, contact Peter Thurston at thurstop@gmail.com.

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Irving Grange Community Market

Posted on 30 August 2012 by admin

The outdoor market offers handmade gift items, food, music and fun

For the Tribune
SANTA CLARA – Mark your calendars for the first Saturdays of the month and support your community by attending the Irving Grange Community Market on Irvington Drive in Santa Clara.
Begun as an idea to utilize the grange’s property, primary market organizer, Sarah Sabri made the proposal at a grange meeting earlier this year.
The outdoor market, which boasts about 30 vendors selling handmade jewelry, outdoor décor, greeting cards and fresh flowers, and well as apparel, crocheted items and earlier in the season, plant starts.
We’re still looking for farmers,” said Sara, who added that they do have a community produce table now.
“You can donate your produce or exchange for something, or anyone can take what they want and donate what they want. The money goes to the market.”
The Irving Grange Market is a collaboration between the market and the grange.
“We give a very small cut to the grange,” said Sarah. “Their hope is to draw attention to the grange. It rents out the hall and it hopes to bring in more community involvement.”
She said the vendors they have now are very supportive and excited to make the market a success. “We need more people to stop by and see what’s going on.”
In addition to a variety of products, gifts and handmade items, visitors can enjoy lunch and listen to music while they visit the market.
“We have volunteers who perform live music about half the day,” said Sarah.
Hours for the market are 10am-4pm the first Saturday of each month. The market will be held next this Saturday, Sept. 1 and then again on Oct. 6 with a November break. The market will reopen as an indoor market Dec. 1. Then, the market will start up again in May next spring.
The Irving Grange Community Market is located at 1011 Irvington Drive between the NW Expressway and River Road.
For more information about the market or to become a vendor, visit www.irvingmarket.blogspot.com, email Irvingmarket@gmail.com or call 541.844.1534/503.515.2490.

 

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To our fine community

To our fine community

Posted on 14 August 2012 by admin

By Steve Rowland
For The Tribune
Your community newspaper, The Tribune News, is here to stay. As you know, our staff and printing and web are supported by advertisers and subscribers. We have now designed our newspaper to flex its pages and content based upon a formula that is composed of the number of ads and the number of subscribers, per each weekly copy. This will give The Tribune News stability and allow it to function for years to come.
The Tribune News staff decided last spring that the printed newspaper must have a website that complements the information we offer our readers—we have done that!
We have enhanced our website to include pictures and stories that don’t fit in the weekly paper. We have found that most readers – and we have approximately 4,000 of them – like to read 200-500 word stories. So, for most stories longer than that, we will put the longer version on our website, www.YourTribuneNews.com. If a longer version of a story is available on YourTribuneNews.com it will be noted at the end of the article in the newspaper.
Also on the website are archived stories and pictures from the past few months of production. This website will grow and so will its information—Check it out.
Thank you all for supporting The Tribune News.

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Feel the beat

Posted on 06 August 2012 by admin

By Vera Westbrook
For the Tribune
SANTA CLARA – Now that summer is here, Northwest residents can bask in the sun while enjoying the exotic beat of local musicians at the ‘Celebrate Santa Clara’ community party from 1-5 pm  on Saturday, Aug. 18, at Awbrey Park.
The Santa Clara Community Organization (SCCO) will host this family-friendly celebration with the City of Eugene pitching in with event equipment. SCCO board members and local residents are volunteering to enhance Santa Clara‘s sense of community through a summer party.
‘Samba Ja,’ a Eugene-based band, is scheduled to play at 3:30pm. About 15-20 members of this Brazilian samba percussion ensemble will wear colorful costumes to emulate the flavor of Carnaval, an annual Brazilian street party. Other music will be announced.
To begin the event, community members are invited to ride in a Green Neighbors Bike Tour beginning at 11am sharp at Awbrey Park. The bike tour plans to loop through semi-rural northeast Santa Clara. A map and tour guide will meet guests at the beginning of the tour. Guests can ride on the entire two-hour tour or just part of it.
Potential stops include a solar array at the corner of Chapman and River Loop #1, Karen Fincken’s native plant garden, organic farms, Whitely Boat Landing, Awbrey Park’s creek and forest restoration and the Spring Creek Natural Garden Project (native plant riparian restoration) visible at Springwood Bridge.
The bike tour loops back to Awbrey Park where bikers, concert goers and picnickers will find food booths providing flavors for every palate including Asian cuisine from Eugene’s Three Forks Wok & Grill and a Mediterranean food booth (various gyros, falafels, salmon Caesar salads, corn-on-the-cob and lemonade).
“There will be a lot of choices for people who eat meat or don’t eat meat, who want veggies or no veggies,” said event coordinator Kelly Burke at an Aug. 2 SCCO meeting.
Watermelon, iced tea and water will also be served to raise money for the musicians who’ll be playing for donations. After indulging in oral delights, folks can continue to stimulate their senses with sound while playing volleyball, Frisbee and horseshoes. Ladder toss and washer toss games also will be available to entertain the guests.
A SCCO booth will be on site for those wanting to converse with neighborhood representatives and city bike maps also will be available.
“We would love to talk to members of the community who are interested in knowing more about their neighborhood or wishing to volunteer for future events,” Burke said.
Awbrey Park is located on River Road near Spring Creek Drive. Parking will be available on nearby streets, at Awbrey Park Elementary School on 158 Spring Creek Drive and across the street at St. Matthew’s Church.
To volunteer for this event with set-up, parking, etc., contact SCCO board member and event volunteer coordinator Barbara Denlis at 541.689.2916 or by email at bdenlis@sbcglobal.net.

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Inhabiting your neighborhood by envisioning its future

Posted on 26 April 2012 by admin

by Carleen Reilly for the tribune
RIVER ROAD/ SANTA CLARA – The first article about ‘Inhabiting Your Neighborhood’ focused on having an active personal connection with surroundings and feeling a sense of belonging. The second article was about taking responsibility for litter, taking care of hazardous situations and improving the area with other short-term actions. This installment considers the long-term view of envisioning the future of our community.
Some River Road and Santa Clara neighbors participated in the Envision Eugene project to build a 20-year plan for our metropolitan area. This community gathering was held at North Eugene High School Apr. 17 to share the broad plans and to look more closely at our neighborhoods. The turnout was modest, but the conversation— at least at my table—was extremely rewarding.

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River Road drywells aren’t really dry

Posted on 23 March 2012 by admin

Eugene and Lane County are working together to correct drainage system

By Steve Rowland
for the Tribune

Someone pouring used motor oil into a storm water drain in a street may very well be the same as pouring it into the glass of water that you drink from your well. Dee-liciousss. For extra flavor, add commonly used garden chemicals.
With the water level averaging six to nine feet below the surface throughout the year, the average 14-foot drywell is very likely gathering contaminants from the street level and dispersing it into our aquifer. Also of concern are fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides. The Federal government and the Oregon state government has directed local municipalities to correct the unsafe situation.
Therese Walch, Water Resources Manager and Doug Singer, a civil engineer, both from Eugene, discussed the situation with a gathering of the River Road Community Organization last week.

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