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share an appreciation of the environ-
ment, this is the one day of the year that
garden admission is free.
Alpacas from Marquam Hill Ranch
Alpacas will greet guests by the Tropical
Hot House, adjacent to the Pavilion.
Inside, there will be 20 different ex-
hibitors, crafts, local food vendors and
live musical entertainment.
Marion County Environmental Ser-
vices will offer informative diversions.
Jessica Ramey, Marion County Waste
Production Coordinator, said these
would include a composting demonstra-
tion, a station to make buttons, The
Mushroomery to learn to grow mush-
rooms, an area where seedlings are be-
ing planted so children can create their
own plant starts, and various other
THE OREGON GARDEN / SPECIAL TO THE STAYTON MAIL
The Oregon Garden will hold an Earth Day
Celebration on Saturday, April 22.
booths with energy tips, soil and water
conservation and related topics.
“Earth Day is such a special day to
honor the environment,” Ramey said.
“It’s a wonderful day for people to come
together to explore nature and to build a
connection between our daily habits and
how they affect the environment.”
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Where: Silver Creek Coffee House, 111 Water
The star of the show, of course, is the
The Oregon Garden is an 80-acre bo-
tanical garden, featuring more than 20
specialty gardens, water features, gar-
den art, wetlands and a rediscovery for-
Guests can explore the grounds on
foot, ride on a complimentary narrated
tram tour or have some fun with one of
the nine geocaches in and around the gar-
den. The visitor center can provide maps
and GPS devices.
“We love Earth Day at The Oregon
Garden because it gives us the chance to
connect with families and help them dis-
cover how to be better stewards of the
earth,” said Sara Hammond, Oregon
Garden Regional Marketing Manager.
“As a botanical garden, we believe that
every day should be Earth Day. Our gar-
den is full of educational opportunities
for families, and we love being able to
bring in other vendors to share their
unique knowledge with our visitors.”
If you go
What: 18th annual Oregon Garden Earth Day
When: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Saturday, April 22
Where: The Oregon Garden, 879 W. Main St.,
Cost: Free admission. A $5 donation is
recommended for the activities and
entertainment. On-site parking is $5. Free
parking at Robert Frost Elementary School,
201 Westfield St., and free shuttles will run
every 30 minutes from the gravel lot between
Roth’s Fresh Markets and Seven Brides
Brewing, 918 N. First St. Leashed dogs are
allowed in the garden but not on shuttles.
Contact: For more information, visit
www.OregonGarden.org or call (503)
What: Creekside Chat
When: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April
19 (First and third Wednesdays)
them in the program,” Ashley said.
This event is also serves an opportuni-
ty for anyone interested in learning
more about the charter school to get a
wealth of information, through an infor-
mative presentation or just casual min-
“We’re hoping to do a little slide sho-
w…a video presentation talking about
the school,” Angela said. “That way peo-
ple can learn about charter school and
what it’s all about.”
Ashley added that this year’s fund-
raising aims primarily at bolstering the
new science curriculum, and also at
helping to secure Chromebooks for the
younger students; 5-through-8 grades al-
ready have the latter.
To learn more about the school or get
tickets or make a donation to the auction,
contact Adrienne Campbell at 503-873-
silverfalls.k12.or.us. Web information is
also available: auction https://bethany
ny Charter http://bethanycharter.silver
fallsschools.org, Facebook https://www.
As noted in the celebration title, the
church at 500 N. 2nd St. dates back to the
late 1800s. Norm imparted that there was
an original small structure, then later a
parsonage and a Sunday school building
The current structure dates back to
1919 with a major renovation taking
place in 1971.
Highlights included in the milestone
celebration are a historic room dedicat-
ed to the church’s saga, featuring some
items used over the years. The colorful
stained-glass windows are a part of that
history and an ongoing feature of the
Learn more about the church and
event by contacting (503) 873-2635 or
Silverton’s Trinity Lutheran Church
has sent out 160 invitations for its 125-
year celebration, which is scheduled for
the weekend of June 2-4. Parishioner
Norm English brings us up to speed on
the planning and reminds everyone that
the public is invited to this historical
The celebration kicks off with a tradi-
tional Scandinavian dinner on Friday.
Cost is $20 for adults, discounted for
ages 12 and younger.
Norm switched hats during the con-
versation to update a Silverton Country
Historical Society interest, Freedom
Memorial Plaza at Town Square Park.
He said signage is now in place to di-
rect visitors to the memorial, a welcome
addition around town as the memorial
was completed roughly 15 months ago.
The signage is located in four locations;
one directing visitors from Molalla, an-
other from Mt. Angel and the others
from Pine and McClaine streets.
Questions and information: Contact Justin
Much, jmuch@StatesmanJournal.com; cell
503-508-8157; or follow at
PHOTOS BY JUSTIN MUCH / APPEAL TRIBUNE
Angela Rose, left, and Ashley West stopped into Silver Creek Coffee House for a Creekside Chat
about the Bethany Charter School Annual Auction.
ASAP – the After School Activities
Program – is on the cusp of learning
some big news. Sue Roessler and Judy
Lowery were on hand at Silver Creek,
and awaiting the news and announce-
ment. No news yet; only hints. Stay tuned
to upcoming Creekside Chats.
Silverton’s ASAP is an after-school
program focused on individual academ-
ic support, nutritious meals, and engag-
ing activities for 7th and 8th grade stu-
dents in the Silver Falls school district
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
from 3 to 6 p.m. during the school year.
To learn more or volunteer, contact Josh
Ride-hailing officials make
pitch to Oregon lawmakers
Ride-hailing companies made their
pitch to Oregon lawmakers Monday in
support of a bill that would give them the
green light to operate around the Pacific
Officials from Uber and Lyft voiced
their support for House Bill 3246 as they
testified in front of the House Commit-
tee on Business and Labor during a
packed afternoon hearing in the Capitol.
The bill would require these compa-
nies to get licenses from the Department
of Consumer and Business Services.
“We’re committed to the state of Ore-
gon, and we hope you support House Bill
3246,” said Bryce Bennett, a general
manager with Uber.
“At a basic level, we make it easier for
people to offer neighbors a ride and help
people carpool more efficiently,” said
Laura Bisesto, a government relations
manager with Lyft. “This service en-
hances transportation options for Orego-
nians and tourists alike.”
Others presented their opposition to
the bill during the hearing.
As lawmakers consider the bill that
would enable these companies to work
statewide, Salem City Hall is in the mid-
dle of trying to figure out how it would
bring the ride-hailing companies, also
known as transportation network com-
panies, to the capital city.
Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett testified
in support of the bill Monday on behalf of
the city of Salem. He has advocated for
the ride-hailing companies that let peo-
ple hail a ride via a phone app to come to
the capital city.
“We think it does make sense to have
one set of regulations statewide,” he told
lawmakers. “This certainly would re-
lieve us of having to pass our own ordi-
The House Committee On Business
and Labor will hold another public hear-
ing on the bill at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in
Hearing Room E.
Other bills that deal with transporta-
tion network companies will get a hear-
ing at that time, too.
Send questions, comments or news
tips to jbach @statesmanjournal.com or
503-399-6714. Follow him on Twitter
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